Did you know that coffee is actually good for you and has multiple benefits that far outweigh the downfalls?
- Coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant. Caffeine contributes to increased energy levels in your body.
- Caffeine can boost your metabolic rate and help you burn fat.
- Coffee contains fiber (up to 1.8 grams per cup) in a form that is easier to digest than other forms. Because of this, it can help to keep your bowels “regular.”
- Coffee contains other nutrients such as: Riboflavin, Pantothenic acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin (vitamin B3).
- It can replace your pre-workout drink. Coffee boosts adrenaline in your body which can increase your physical performance.
- There are multiple studies that provide evidence that caffeine can help prevent type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, stroke and Alzheimer’s.
- Coffee contains more antioxidants than servings of some fruits (oranges, grapes, blueberries).
- Some studies show a decreased risk of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer in those who drink coffee daily.
- Drinking coffee may lower your risk of becoming depressed.
- There are even studies that suggest that your risk of premature death is lowered by 25% when you drink 3-4 cups per day!
- Some studies suggest those who are pregnant and intake high amounts of caffeine may have a higher risk of miscarrying, premature delivery and stillbirth.
- Everyone reacts differently to caffeine, it may make some people feel “wired” or affect sleep.
- Too much caffeine at once can cause symptoms such as dizziness, upset stomach, irritability and tremors.
- Coffee is acidic and therefore it can cause staining on your teeth. Try swishing with water immediately after drinking a cup of coffee.
- Poor quality coffee can be toxic to your body, resulting in sickness, headache and other symptoms.
Keep in mind:
- Some studies suggest the optimal amount of coffee per day is 4-5 cups, however, some people cannot tolerate this amount of caffeine.
- Not all coffee beans are created equal. They all vary in flavor, quality, caffeine, and price.
- An average 8-oz. cup of coffee contains ~100mg of caffeine, however, that can range from 50-400mg depending on many factors.
- Use moderation when adding other ingredients (such as cream, sugar, artificial flavoring, etc.) into your coffee.
Bottom line: Drink up! There have been countless studies on coffee and most (if not all) show that the benefits outweigh the downfalls.