Hoboken Health Corner: October 2011

Coffee and your Health in Hoboken

By Leslie Goldstein, RD

The fall weather is upon us as we start October. Local coffee shops in town have been bustling with crowds getting their first warm drinks of the season. That snug feeling inside as you sip that first sip of coffee is always inviting and comforting. So for those of you coffee “addicts” don’t fear, you’re not alone, according to the National Coffee Association, 56% of Americans are habitual coffee drinkers. And take a sigh of relief… there are many benefits to drinking your morning (or afternoon and evening!) cup of Joe!

Benefits of Coffee:

  • Antioxidants: Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the US. These substances protect your body from free radicals that are produced when you break down food or environment toxins such as tobacco, smog and radiation. They also help prevent heart disease and cancer.
  • Lowers risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease and dementia
  • Recent studies show that coffee drinkers who averaged 2-3 cups a day have a decreased risk of developing depression
  • Probiotics: “good” bacteria in the gut that can help decrease gas, diarrhea and constipation and aid the immune system
  • Helps relieve stress and gives an energy boost

But, how much coffee is too much?

According to the Mayo Clinic, 200-300 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day, or 2-4 cups of coffee are not harmful. Be careful, though, as not all cups are created equal! Starbucks Coffee for example includes more caffeine than your average cup (12 oz tall= 260 mg, 16 oz grande= 330 mg and a 24 oz venti = 415 mg).

Signs and symptoms that you may be drinking too many cups include the following: difficulty sleeping, nervousness, anxiety, upset stomach, fast heart beat or irritability. Additionally, coffee acts as a diuretic increasing urine output and can cause dehydration.

Although, coffee appears as though it is a good beverage of choice, there are some choices that include more calories and added sugars. Be aware of extra hidden sources in the following seasonal 16 oz servings (and these are without the whip!)

  • Café mocha: 300 calories
  • Caramel apple cider: 90 calories
  • Caramel macchiato: 310 calories
  • Pumpkin Spice Latté: 360 calories

What to do instead of chugging coffee for that extra energy boost? Take a walk, stretch, drink water (you may be dehydrated) or have a small snack of fruit for carbohydrates.

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About Leslie Goldstein, RD

Leslie Goldstein is a Registered Dietitian (RD) practicing in North Bergen and Hoboken, New Jersey. Leslie is an avid exerciser who combines her nutrition knowledge and passion with motivational support in counseling to help her clients make lifestyle changes. Leslie specializes in weight management, general wellness, Diabetes, bariatric surgery, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Leslie accepts most major insurances. www.healthystepnutrition.com 8100 Kennedy Blvd. North Bergen, NJ 07047 Ph: 201-378-3287 Email: LeslieGoldsteinRD@gmail.com

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8 Comments on "Hoboken Health Corner: October 2011"

kooky kat
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Hey Pawz, do you look in on cats?

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

Hi,Kooky Kat Yes! I most certainly do look in on cats. [quote comment=”211406″]Hey Pawz, do you look in on cats?[/quote]

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

I volunteered at the Hoboken Shelter one day last year for a work project. I bought my cup of morning coffee at the bodega by the shelter. It was great cup coffee and reasonable.

elainetyger
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elainetyger

Empire (4th/Willow) for the selection
Maroon (7th/Willow) for the dark roast
Hot Bagels (6th/Washington) for the iced coffee and (early AM) many flavors hot coffee
You can get pretty decent cheap coffee in many of the groceries, too. My favorite of those I’ve tried is Giovanni’s (no Italians there now, but still a good coffee — Newark/Grand)

Really though any coffee in the neighborhood of $1, if it’s not horrible, I’ll take it. You can still get coffee under $1 in some of the ghetto bodegas I visit from work, and a $3 cup of coffee is not always 4x as good as a 75-cent cup of coffee.

mooshu
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mooshu

What about a home brew?

Love a good cup every morning. Also love Ganache.

rebaki
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You need to start including Dames Coffee and Espresso Bar in your coffee talks. Really the best coffee in Hoboken!

youme66
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youme66

I agree on Dames.

I was also thinking that I could have used an espresso delivery while I was getting a pedicure nearby today. That would be a great combo (pedicure and a premium coffee beverage) that I’d gladly pay extra for and those little cheapo nail salons would increase their revenues.

On second thought, I suppose it requires food licensing, and then there are the polish and alcohol fumes mingling with coffee…..hmmmm, maybe it only works in the more spacious spas.[quote comment=”211377″]You need to start including Dames Coffee and Espresso Bar in your coffee talks. Really the best coffee in Hoboken![/quote]

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