COFFEE- IS IT GOOD FOR YOU?

Almost everyone loves to enjoy a good cup of coffee in the morning. To be more specific, about 83% of adults in the United States enjoy a good cup of coffee in the morning. That’s an overwhelming majority! Now, is this widespread consumption of coffee a good or a bad thing?

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Well that’s what we are going to answer today. Here is a list of the pros and cons of drinking coffee.

Pros-

>> Energy- Sometimes we need that extra boost of energy to get through the day. Coffee provides this for us. There is about 95 mg of caffeine in a cup of coffee (8 fl oz.) and that should be enough to get the body going. Although there is no substitute for sleep, drinking coffee is an excellent way to get your day started.

>> Antioxidants- Where do you think a majority of Americans get their antioxidants? Is it from fruits and vegetables? No, it is actually from the coffee we drink! This tells us two things- 1. We should probably be eating more fruits and vegetables….. and 2. Drinking coffee helps fight off free radicals in our body, which are responsible for cellular damage.

 >> Drinking coffee has been shown to improve memory and cognition.

>> Studies have shown that consuming coffee reduces the risk for Type 2 Diabetes and prostate cancer.

Cons- (These next two items on the list aren’t really that big of a deal, but the three that follow it are.)

>> Coffee breath- We all remember talking to that teacher or boss that always had coffee breath. It is sorta gross, but no worries, a stick of gum will quickly fix this problem!

>> Staining of the teeth- Coffee does stain the teeth, but it shouldn’t be a problem if you brush your teeth regularly. If you are concerned about this then maybe you should consider eating foods that help prevent staining such as: Apples, carrots, cauliflower, and celery.

>> Weight gain (if you drink coffee with sugar/creamer)– Adding excess amounts of cream and/or sugar in your coffee is definitely not in your best interest if you are trying to lose weight or keep weight off. I’m not saying that you have to drink your coffee black, but keep in mind that adding  packets of sugar does more harm than good. If you don’t like your coffee too bitter, maybe you should consider using a natural sweetener like stevia.

>> Drinking excessive amounts of coffee can cause some issues. Consuming more than 500 mg of caffeine is considered to be excessive. (about 5 or more cups of coffee). Excessive consumption can cause: insomnia, restlessness, nervousness, irritability. muscle tremors,  rapid heartbeat, palpitations, nausea, stomach upset.

>> Caffeine withdrawal- If you consistently drink coffee and stop, you could experience headaches, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, depressed mood, and difficulty concentrating over the next few days. It is by no means as severe as the withdrawal symptoms you see on TV or when quitting hard drugs so no need to worry about that. 😉

So let’s get back to the question. Is coffee good or bad for you? In moderation, it is great for you! (aside from some coffee breath and teeth staining issues). But in excess, it does much more harm than it does good. So if you are a little hesitant about drinking coffee then go ahead and give it a try. And remember, don’t drink too much!

 

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