Okay, I am a coffee drinker. I love it. I drink it often. I typically have several cups of it in the morning and I might have more in the afternoon. I don't drink it black though. I can't believe other people do. Coffee needs something in it. Otherwise, I just don't get the appeal? (Please tell me the appeal). Some people have said it's healthy for you. Of course, probably healthier than coffee with creamer, whipped topping, etc.

But is black coffee really good for you? Well, let's find out!

From LiveStrong, they share that there are benefits and some not so great side effects of it.

Here's the benefits:

Coffee has been linked to lower rates of colon, breast and rectal cancers, according to a report published by the Harvard Medical School. The Harvard report also states that coffee may help prevent diabetes by lowering your blood sugar levels. It can also increase your metabolism, which can help you manage your weight. The caffeine in coffee may also help prevent the onset of Parkinson’s disease, although the effects may differ between men and women, according to a 2001 study in the “Annals of Neurology.”

and the side effects....

Coffee contains kahweol and cafestol, which are chemicals that raise cholesterol. These chemicals are higher in decaffeinated coffee and unfiltered coffees like espressos. Too much caffeine can also cause insomnia, irritability, gastrointestinal problems and muscle tremors. Caffeine can be addictive; you may experience mild withdrawal symptoms when you stop consuming it.

Either way, whether drinking it fully leaded or not, everything in moderation, right? Here's one drink you shouldn't have in moderation. Check out this scrumptious delectable new concoction from Cafe Steam - just in time for Valentines - The Antoinette. It's almost too pretty to drink!

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