I’ve been drinking coffee my whole life…Since I turned 18 to be precise!
And those of you thinking that I’m a diehard coffee fan I would endorse coffee– Let me tell you I will be honest here and will base my discussion entirely on what science says about.
The caffeine present in coffee is what can either be good for you or it may not be.
We’ll basically try to know whether coffee is good or bad for you.
TBH, I’ve been drinking on average four cups of coffee a day for several years – and – Voilla!!!
I’m still alive and healthy.
But this may not be for all.
Is Coffee bad For You?
With more than half of the U.S. population, roughly 64% of the Americans drinking at least one cup of coffee a day, there seems to be a serious in-depth devotion towards this drink
I would be open here because despite doctors have been warning that coffee may be hard on your body, we people still continue to sip it every morning or at work.
Spoiler: Modern research is in favor of the coffee drinkers. Keep reading and you’ll know why and how.
A couple of days back I came through two very interesting studies and even blogged about it that coffee is actually good for your heart health.
However, doctors have been warning us for years that it might increase the risk of heart disease and stunt growth.
The threat was basically the caffeine addiction.
Too much caffeine would simply drive people to crave for more of it, and to such an extent that eventually people will become tolerant to higher amounts.
As a result of this, the digestive tract gets damages and it leads to stomach ulcers, other illness and heartburn.
And these studies emerged decades ago.
Coffee shouldn’t be blame…She’s innocent!
Those studies made in the past didn’t account for all the factors.
For example, if a persona is drinking too much coffee and also has other unhealthy habits like excessive smoking, no physical activity and unhealthy diet, it is absolutely not clear whether or not coffee is responsible for heart problems and other illness.
Well, our favorite drink holds a plus point here.
What’s more interesting is that Amanda Macmillan from Health.com says that there is no significant link between caffeine in coffee and heart related issues.
But Don’t Drink Too Much Of It
Of course, excess of anything is bad, even if it is good.
Drinking too much coffee not only turns you into an addict, it can also alter your stress hormones and make you feel wired and tired simultaneously.
Back in July, two reports were published, and even I discussed about it in one of my previous posts, that coffee drinkers tend to have lower rates of death from any cause like cancer, kidney, diabetes, etc. as compared to non-coffee drinkers.
Even Darla Klokeid, MD, who is a family medicine physician at One Medical Group in Seattle says, “Healthy individuals may be more likely to select or have access to coffee and other caffeinated beverages than less healthy individuals.”
Moreover, she says, “Caffeine is known to have short-term benefits — it can increase concentration, mental energy, and alertness”
Also, coffee has a high antioxidant content and antioxidants are good for heart health, they lower the risk of infections and even some form of cancer.
When Coffee Turns Out To Be Bad?
I mean really bad…
Unlike me, there are human beings on this planet who may not have tolerance to caffeine, so much so, that even a single cup of coffee would lead to heartburn or stomach pain.
These people should really consider coffee as bad for their bodies.
Those who have trouble sleeping should also stay away from coffee.
Even if you drink a cup of coffee six hours before bed time, you’ll have disruptive effects on sleep.
The ultimate concern is excess of coffee!
The ideal quantity which is safe for human body is 400mg, which is roughly four cups. Anything above that would be dangerous.
Drinking too much caffeine can lead to anxiety, tremors, palpitations and gastrointestinal upset.
It may even cause headache and hallucinations.
Can You Enjoy A Cup Of Coffee?
Of course you can and coffee is NOT at all bad for you.
Dr Marc Gunter from IARC says, “We found that higher coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, and specifically for circulatory diseases, and digestive diseases.”
And here is one of my favorite infographics, for which I would pay all my credits to Elite HRV for creating and sharing with us. Have a look at it:
Final Take From The Discussion
The final take of the discussion is “COFFEE IS GOOD FOR YOU” and it is not bad.
However, there are other things to consider as well.
If you are sensitive to caffeine, don’t let coffee rule on you. Also, stay within the recommended caffeine intake, which is 400 grams.
Developing any unhealthy habit, like being dependent on caffeine is surely going to damage your health in the long run.
It is actually a very healthy drink, the only thing to make sure is that you don’t intake it in excess.
If any of your friend has the misconception that coffee is bad for health, you should share this article with them and let them know it isn’t.