National Coffee day on Sept. 29, many retailers giving away free coffee

There are few things better than that first sip of coffee in the morning - unless it's free, of course.

National Coffee Day is Sunday, Sept. 29 and some major retailers will be giving away free coffee to the millions of America's coffee lovers to celebrate the day. 

1. Dunkin Donuts : Smartphone users can received a small hot or iced coffee by downloading the Dunkin Donuts app. After downloading, search for the freebie coupon under offers.  

2. Starbucks: Starbucks will be offering free tastings of their new coffee blend, Ethiopia. The new blend is described as a medium roast with hints of citrus and a peppery spice. 

3. Krispy Kreme: This retailer will be offering free 12 oz. hot coffee, or an iced coffee for a discounted $1.

Hot Issue: Coffee Intake

  • Moderate coffee drinking has been associated with a lower risk of CHD in women, according to the Institute for scientific research on coffee (ISIC).
  • Research results also suggest that coffee consumption may be linked to a reduced risk of developing cancer at a number of body sites, including the oral cavity/pharynx, liver, endometrium, brain and colon, said the ISIC.
  • Newer studies have also shown that coffee may have benefits, such as protecting against Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. And it has a high content of antioxidants, according to Dr. Hensrud with the Mayo Clinic.
  • Heavy caffeine use can lead to restlessness, anxiety, irritability and sleeplessness. Doctors recommend drinking caffeine in moderation.
  • The caffeine in coffee demonstrated that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, according to a 2011 study by The Journal of Cancer Research. 
  • Over 80 percent of Americans consume coffee on a daily basis, up 78 percent from previous years, according to the National Coffee Association . The United States is the world's biggest consumer of coffee. 
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