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Dr. Oz dishes on metabolism-boosting coffee benefits and energy bars

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When it comes to beverages that are beloved, coffee ranks high on the list for most of us. On his Jan. 28 talk show, Dr. Mehmet Oz explained what you need to know to get the maximum benefits from coffee. Plus: Get his recipe for energy-boosting bars.

Too much caffeine can keep you awake at night. But did you know that caffeine is hidden in sources other than coffee? Dr. Oz warns that pain relievers, coffee-flavored ice cream and some soft drinks also contain caffeine. To sleep well, cut off all sources of caffeine by early afternoon.

The benefits of brewing up coffee range from reducing your risk of cancer to boosting your brain power. Choose a lighter coffee roast to get more caffeic acid, a cancer-fighting compound that’s destroyed by long roasting, says Dr. Oz. In addition, drink more than one cup of coffee a day to reduce your risk of stroke by up to 25 percent.

You can drink up to six cups of coffee a day, according to Dr. Oz. It boosts energy expenditure and speeds up your metabolism to promote weight loss. In addition, coffee can improve short-term memory.

Another way to boost your energy: Dr. Oz's no-bake energy bars. They're designed to help you fight off the mid-day slump. Combining protein, fiber and antioxidants, these bars will stabilize your blood sugar and rev up your energy for hours.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick-cook oats, uncooked
  • 1/3 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl.

Spread the mixture in a pan and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Slice and enjoy! Return uneaten bars to fridge for storage.

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