Ah, there’s nothing better than a nice cup of coffee to help you get your day started. But is your coffee drinking habit a good thing, or a bad thing? How much do you drink it? How do you drink it? Is it good or bad for you?
Like anything, with coffee it is all about moderation. If you drink it non-stop all day, it is going to become a problem in your life. However, in the right doses, drinking coffee can have a great number of positive effects on your day to day life. In this article, we are going to establish the good and the bad, and what it can for you.
Is black coffee good for you?
Studies show that those who drink coffee regularly have an 11% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, that those who do not drink coffee. This is thanks to the ingredients in coffee that have an effect on the hormone levels that influence metabolism.
In a much larger study that involves tens of thousands of people, researchers were able to find that those who consumed several cups a day (anywhere from 2 to four cups of coffee), had a lower risk of stroke. In addition to that, heart experts say that the benefits come from the effect that the coffee has on your blood vessels. It keeps the vessels flexible and healthy, thus reducing the risk of atherosclerosis which can cause heart attacks.
Coffee is also high in antioxidants, which are known to fight oxidative damage that can bring on cancer. This explains why some studies have found that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of developing liver cancer.
Experts believe that coffee can even help to improve the longevity of your life. A recent study which involved over 208,000 men and women (there are always plenty of volunteers where coffee is involved), found that those who drank coffee on the regular were much less likely to die prematurely, than those who didn’t drink coffee at all.
There are some chemicals in coffee that reduce inflammation, which has been found to play a big role in the number of aging related health problems, including Alzheimer’s and dementia. There is even some evidence to suggest that coffee can slow down some of the metabolic processes that indeed drive aging. Sure, coffee doesn’t stop time, but it can certainly slow its effects down.
There is a downside however, and that is the fact that people can become dependent on caffeine. The symptoms caused include headaches, irritability and fatigue, which simulate those of people coming off hard drugs. However, doctors do not consider the dependence to be worrisome when compared to some other addictions, such as forming a dependency to opiates.
So, is black coffee good for you? On the whole yes, but you will need to moderate your intake for the best results.
Is black coffee good for weight loss?
Yes, and no. Black coffee has an element called chlorogenic acid which is known for speeding up the process of weight loss, so there’s a bonus. If you drink some black coffee after dinner, the presence of this chlorogenic acid in your system slows down the process of glucose production in your body. It also decreases the production of new fat cells is decreased, which means that there are less calories in the body. So, drinking coffee can indeed help you to lose weight! However, you have to be careful with the amount of coffee you consume on a daily basis.
You see, the acidity of coffee can really upset your stomach, so if you are drinking it on an empty stomach, it can make you feel terribly uncomfortable. So, coffee should not be used as a substitute for food when trying to lose weight.
You must always ensure that you are eating properly. Simply limit the amount that you eat and make sure that you are getting your daily exercise. That, with the occasional cup of black coffee after dinner and you’ll be well on your way!
which coffee is bad for your health?
It really depends on the quality and processing method of the coffee. No one coffee is particularly “bad for you”, though, it is the way that you drink it (and how much).
The quality of coffee varies greatly. This depends on the processing method and how the beans were originally grown.
Coffee beans are typically sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals. These are not intended for human consumption and there may be cross-contamination. In any case, you should consider buying organic coffee beans. This will contain far lower traces of synthetic pesticides, thus making them healthier for consumption.
And again, consuming too much coffee has some negative side effects. In fact, with an addiction to caffeine, anxiety, jitters, heart palpitations, and difficulty sleeping are quite common.
what is the healthiest way to drink coffee?
The healthiest way to drink coffee is quite simply, as organically as possible. Drinking filtered ‘drip’ coffee is arguably the healthiest way to consume it. Naturally, you should try to avoid sugar as well. If you don’t enjoy the taste of coffee by itself, you can replace sugar with a natural flavouring additive, such as vanilla. You should also keep your milk or cream intake down to a minimum as well. Drinking white coffee is OK in smaller doses, but again, filtered coffee with no additives is the healthiest approach, hands down.
Again, moderation is key. With the right balance, coffee can indeed be a healthy addition to your day to day consumption. Just make sure that you do it right, at the appropriate time, and in a reasonable dosage.
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