Is Coffee Good for You? About Coffee and Nutrition.

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Is Coffee Good for You, 2 cups of coffee in Paris
Is Coffee Good for You

It depends. There is not a yes or no easy answer. 

Many people around the world start their morning with a cup of coffee, and there’s a constant discussion about coffee- if it is healthy or not. 

Some say yes and some no, and the reason is that it’s quite a complicated area and one that researchers are still studying. 

I will review shortly, the type of components in coffee and then explain who should avoid drinking coffee. 

What components found in coffee? 

Firstly, coffee contains a whole cocktail of chemicals. 

caffeine

The most famous of these is caffeine.

In plants, caffeine is a natural insecticide (it helps plants repel insects) that is produced by plants.

In the body, caffeine increases alertness and make us feel awake. It does it by binding to the adenosine receptors in our brain and stops the sleepiness signal getting through. 

Caffeine also directly stimulates our nervous system.

From one side help us to be more alert and focussed, but from the other side too much can increase feelings of being anxious. 

Also causes an increase in adrenaline levels, which can cause an irregular heartbeat and higher blood pressure. 

Polyphenols

Polyphenols are antioxidants that are found in high amount in coffee.  

Studies have found that coffee polyphenols, such as chlorogenic acids, have many health-promoting properties. polyphenols have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-diabetes properties, they lower high blood pressure and possibly giving some protection against dementia.[1]

Not only the coffee influences health but also what you consume with the coffee.

Is Coffee Good for You
Not only the coffee influences the health but also what you eat on the side of the coffee…

You can drink coffee in various forms, the way you prepare your drink influences the healthiness of it. 

For example, there is a big difference between drinking espresso (no milk!), cappuccino (with milk) and Americano (with water or water and milk).

When you drink coffee, you should also consider that milk that you are drinking with it, the amount and the type. Remember that the milk, among of its compounds contains sugars; hence it increases the number of calories added to the drink.

Coffee may have some beneficial effects on health:

An analysis published in November 2017 in the BMJ (the British Medical Journal) scanned nearly 220 studies on coffee and found that overall coffee drinkers may enjoy health benefits over people who don’t drink it.[2]

Some of the reviewed studies linked coffee drinking to lower rates of heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’ s disease.

Some studies have tried to determine which ingredients in coffee contribute to its health benefits.

might include antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, concluding coffee may have protective effects against cancer, heart conditions and neurodegenerative disorders, as well as the risk of liver diseases such as cirrhosis.

While the researchers concluded the results support moderate coffee drinking, they say the findings don’t go far enough to prompt anyone to change their coffee-drinking habits in the hopes of improving their health.

Who should reduce or avoid coffee?

Pregnant women

And people who suffer from:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • shaking
  • palpitations

Furthermore, the possible benefits of coffee drinking must be weighed against potential risks, which are generally due to its high caffeine content, including anxiety, insomnia, headaches, tremulousness, and palpitations. 

Coffee may also increase the risk of fracture in women, and when consumed in pregnancy, coffee increases the risk for low birth weight and preterm labour. [3]

In conclusion

Habitual intake of 3 to 4 cups of coffee appears to be safe and is associated with the most robust beneficial effects. 

However, the possible benefits of coffee drinking must be weighed against potential risks.

The study did not confirm that people who don’t currently drink coffee should start adding it to lower their risk of developing the chronic conditions studied. 

Coffee holds its health benefits, but in some cases mentioned above, you should avoid it.


Sources: 

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29401716

[2] https://www.bmj.com/content/359/bmj.j5024

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29474816


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