Is Coffee bad for you? Is coffee good for you? That’s what my fiancee asked timidly. She then followed up with …”because I drink it a lot.”
Personally, I don’t really like coffee. I don’t know why, but I never really acquired a taste to it. However, most of the world is crazy about coffee for two reasons. First, you can get it flavored like almost anything. Second, it’s full of powerful caffeine that’ll get your lazy butt out of bed in the morning.
But with all these mocha lattes and cappuccinos that everyone’s gulping down, is there something to worry about? You might be surprised to learn that coffee is in fact pretty healthy when taken in moderation.
The Calories In Coffee Might Not Be Anything To Worry About
The answer to how many calories in coffee comes in a very broad range from 2 calories all the way up to 560 calories. What the heck is going on?!
It all has to do with the way it’s prepared that packs in extra calories. A plain cup of instant or brewed coffee is usually within/under 10 calories. But you might forget that often a pack of sugar is around 50 calories and cream can be just as much or maybe half that amount.
But the real catalysts are special iced-coffee concoctions or special-made lattes and cappuccinos from a fast-food restaurant like Starbucks, McDonald’s, or Dunkin’ Donuts. Those usually range from 300-600 calories from how they’re blended, whipped, or swirled with more sugar to create a stronger taste.
There Are A Few Risks Associated With Excessive Coffee Consumption
There are two sides to this coin and coffee isn’t exempt from having a few skeletons in its closet. For one thing, it’s recommended that coffee should be avoided by women who are pregnant because experts claim the beverage has been linked to birthing complications such as miscarriages and still births. However the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists claim that there isn’t enough research to state what effects caffeine has on the fetus.
Since coffee can increase urination, this results in two potential problems associated with caffeine dosage which are dehydration and calcium deficiency resulting in osteoporosis. Drinking more than 3 cups a day has been shown to increase the risk of osteoporosis especially in women.
While their are a few additional cons to drinking coffee, it appears that most of them are primarily based on how often you drink it and the caffeine dosage. According to Dr. Holly Phillips of WCBS TV in New York, coffee can help to mediate depression and even though more research is finding that coffee is generally good for you, it all has to do with caffeine dosage.
Caffeine works by stopping another chemical in your body called adnosine from alerting your brain to the fact that you need to relax. Over time this effect becomes less and less powerful since your body grows accustomed to the reaction and that’s why people often increase their cups of coffee incrementally.
Coffee has often been related to hypertension because of how it affects your blood pressure. Yes, your blood pressure will rise, but only for a few minutes unless of course you’re taking extreme dosages. Other cons of drinking coffee based on higher caffeine dosages include cardiac arrhythmia, lack of sleep, and acquiring a dependence.
Let’s Talk About Some Coffee Benefits
We’ve already discussed “is coffee bad for you“, now here’s the other side of the coin supporting those that love their cup o’ Joe. First of all, Coffee is a good source of antioxidants which help to preserve cells and slow down the aging process. So if anything, be glad that your coffee keeps the wrinkles and boils out of your skin.
Here are just a few other supportive points about drinking coffee:
If you don’t like the idea of kidney stones, coffee may lower your risk to develop them. Since coffee slightly increases urination, the stone-forming substance calcium oxalate doesn’t have a chance to crystallize and form as a solid.
There has been research to support that drinking coffee in modest amounts can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease later in life and more liberal amounts (3 or 5 cups daily) has shown to prevent old-age dementia.
Drinking coffee has also shown to reduce your risks of contracting the following:
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- Parkinson’s Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Dying of cardiovascular related problems
- Certain liver cancers
Data has been analyzed for 120,000 coffee drinkers over a period of 18 years and the results indicate that drinking 1-3 cups of coffee each day can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by a fair amount.
And to give a little support to caffeine which gets a pretty bad wrap, caffeine from coffee has been shown to improve short term memory. Some aspects of our thinking process are affected by the presence of caffeine in the bloodstream giving us just a little more focus and clarity to recent memories. Sounds pretty awesome to me.
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Is Coffee Bad For You?
If you really think about it, just about everything in life has its pros and cons, but one of the vital deciding factors comes down to dosage and consuming in moderation. Sure, coffee has some bad aspects, but it appears that as long as you limit yourself to around 3 cups a day then you don’t have anything to worry about.
But if we’re talking about normal coffee versus specially mixed and iced concoctions from a restaurant chain, then there’s gonna be sugar and a bunch of extra calories that you probably don’t even want to know about. Just think about moderation in the long run.
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