Did you have your cup of joe this morning? I sure did, and studies show that most of you probably did too. Coffee is the leading worldwide beverage after water. In fact, its trade is over $10 billion worldwide!!
For years, coffee has been blamed for many negative health risks – from stunting your growth to heart disease and even cancer. Current research is telling us much different. So, what’s the deal? Is this a healthy beverage choice? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Take a look at the research…
Note: My facts come from credible, peer-reviewed, sources. Don’t believe me? See my citations at the bottom of this blog.
7 things about coffee that you should know:
- Coffee may decrease overall mortality rates
- Coffee may protect against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver disease/cancer
- Coffee improves cognitive function and decreases the risk of depression
- Coffee consumption has been seen to increase work productivity
- High consumption of unfiltered coffee (boiled or espresso) was associated with slightly higher levels of cholesterol.
- Some studies found that two or more cups of coffee a day can increase the risk of heart disease in people with a specific genetic mutation that slows the breakdown of caffeine in the body. If you are someone who is greatly affected by caffeine and cannot sleep even after hours of drinking it, limit your coffee consumption!
- Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee contain acids that can make heartburn worse
Other things to consider – what are you adding to your coffee? Many creamers and sweeteners are full of artificial ingredients and fats that are not beneficial to your diet. As always, consume in moderation.
Keep in mind that this research merely suggests that there are more benefits than risks with coffee. However, it has yet to prove that coffee is for sure the underlying factor for both the risks and benefits.
Butt, M. S., & Sultan, M. T. (2011). Coffee and its Consumption: Benefits and Risks. Critical Reviews In Food Science & Nutrition, 51(4), 363-373. oi:10.1080/10408390903586412
Clinical digest. People with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease may benefit from drinking more coffee. (2012). Nursing Standard, 26(30), 14-15.
Hensrud, Donald. (2014). Is Coffee Good or Bad for Me. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/coffee-and-health/faq-20058339.