Coffee tastes great, keeps us going throughout the day, and can provide us with a whole host of health benefits. This just in: scientists in Sweden are finding even more health benefits to drinking coffee! The studies link filtered coffee and lowered risks of type 2 diabetes.
Prior studies show that coffee in general can lower the risk for diabetes. However, this current study clearly links filtered coffee with the health benefits, opposed to boiled. The new study, conducted by a team of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, defines filtered coffee as coffee filtered using some kind of absorbent material, like paper filters, rather than instant or boiled coffee, or using a metal filter.
Researchers found that people who drank two to three cups of filtered coffee everyday had a 60% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes versus those who drank less than one cup of filtered coffee per day over a 10 year period.
Why the difference between filtered and non-filtered coffee? The team of researchers explain the main difference: a type of molecule called diterpenes, present in boiled coffee, but not in filtered coffee. Diterpenes are present in the oily droplets or the coffee ground floating in your coffee. The two types of diterpenes found in coffee are cafestol and kahweol, and may be guilty of raising cholesterol levels. Using a filter removes these diterpenes from your coffee.
This is good news for those of us using coffee filters, which is the most popular choice in the United States. Unfiltered coffee is far more popular in other parts of the world: Turkish coffee, the boiled coffee enjoyed in Scandavia, French press, and instant coffee, a favorite in the UK.
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