Do You Prefer Coffee or Maca?

Remember the slogan, “the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup?”  Their television commercials were usually centered around hearth and home making coffee and coffee drinking an integral part of enjoying the aroma and taste of coffee.

I still appreciate the heady fragrance of fragrant coffee in the morning. For years my favorite mode of coffee making is French press. It’s so easy and the clean-up is minimal. Yes, grinding Trader Joe’s French Roast coffee is worth the effort. Rich, delightful coffee starts my day right.

My mother (God rest her soul) was a huge fan of iced coffee. What a treat to enjoy! She used crushed ice, saccharin and usually full-on cream. Even today, my grandchildren love to drink iced coffee and I prepare it just the same as my mom did. (I substitute stevia for saccharin.)

Coffee has been scientifically studied and found to be extremely beneficial in many ways. In fact, studies have shown that drinking 3 – 4 cups of coffee each day can improve your lifespan and lower your risk of disease. According to, coffee drinkers are less likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes or dementia…there’s more:  “Coffee also contains minerals such as magnesium and chromium which help the body use the hormone insulin, which controls blood sugar (glucose). In type 2 diabetes, the body loses its ability to use insulin and regulate blood sugar effectively.”

Now some people find that their bodies do not tolerate caffeine from coffee. There are those who complain that coffee gives them heartburn, diarrhea and other unpleasant maladies such as increased nervousness. If these health conditions plague you, you might want to cut back your consumption by 50% to see if that alleviates these challenges.

Switching to Maca, a coffee substitute might be an option. Grown in the Andes, Maca root coffee is made from a South American tuber. It’s not really coffee per se but it’s roasted, flavored with spices and prepared to resemble coffee. It’s gluten free and Maca has lots of health benefits that rival coffee drinks. Those who have given up coffee for Maca says it’s delicious and they feel so much improved, not jittery or irritable.

Maca root has on-going studies to test the efficacy of this nutritious vegetable. It’s a great source of Vitamin C, copper and iron. Here’s a source for raw, organic maca products: