The Coffee Connection

Coffee has become one of the most popular drinks in the world.  What’s in coffee? Variations appear between different beans and preparation but overall, coffee is a good source of B vitamin riboflavin, caffeine, and antioxidant phytochemicals.

The American Institute for Cancer Research has found a link between coffee and lowered risk for liver cancer. Liver cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. The new report’s finding that coffee protects against liver cancer follows a report issued in 2013 that found coffee to be protective against endometrial cancer also.  It is believed coffee acts on liver enzymes that eliminate carcinogens. Because coffee is consumed in a variety of ways, they have yet to determine the amount or preparation that provides optimal protection.

Looking for a summertime coffee drink? Try this Banana-Vanilla Coffee Smoothie!

Banana-Vanilla Coffee Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/2 cup strong-brewed coffee (for brewing, use 2 Tbsp. ground coffee per 1/2 cup water)
  • 1 cup frozen non-fat coffee-flavored yogurt or low fat ice cream
  • 1 large, peeled frozen banana, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Pour milk and coffee into blender. Add frozen yogurt, banana and vanilla. Puree until thick and creamy. Pour into tall glasses and top each with a little crushed banana chips (optional).

Serves 3

Per serving: 120 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 26 g carbohydrates,
5 g protein, 1 g fiber, 60 mg sodium sy