Is Coffee Bad for You?
The risks and benefits of consuming coffee are a constant topic of contention. In 2017, a study (1) was conducted to analyse the potential outcomes (positive and negative) associated with coffee and caffeine consumption. Based on the information gathered by this study, it was found that coffee consumption was linked to a probable decreased risk of a multitude of cancers, as well as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease (in healthy adults). These findings indicate that coffee can be beneficial to a person’s health when included as part of a healthy, balanced diet. It is important to remember, however, that more is not necessarily better and coffee (as with anything) should be consumed in moderation.
To maintain a healthy coffee habit, try following these tips:
Avoid Drinking Coffee After 2pm
Coffee contains caffeine which is a stimulant and is one of the main reasons coffee is so popular as a morning beverage to give a kick start to your day or a burst of energy when you’re feeling tired. But if you drink coffee late in the day, it can interfere with your sleep and poor sleep is associated with all sorts of health problems.
Don’t Load Your Coffee with Sugar
Added sugar is arguably one of the worst ingredients in the modern diet. Sugar, mainly due to its high amount of fructose, is linked to all sorts of serious diseases like obesity and diabetes.
Avoid Drinking Too Much
Limiting your intake to no more than 4 standard cups of coffee per day is advised by most guidelines and health professionals. Anything greater than this amount exceeds the daily recommended intake of caffeine. It is also important to listen to your body depending on your personal sensitivities.
1. Grosso, G., Godos, J., Galvano, F., & Giovannucci, E. (2017). Coffee, Caffeine, and Health Outcomes: An Umbrella Review. Annual Review Of Nutrition, 37(1), 131-156. doi: 10.1146/annurev-nutr-071816-064941