Coffee is a deliciously complex drink. It has been the subject of many studies in which scientists have tried to discover how it affects our health.
Some people argue that a hot cup of java in the morning only has a positive impact on our bodies, helping us to kick start our day.
Others, however, warn us that coffee consumption may increase the risk of chronic diseases in the future.
But the truth, as always, is somewhere in between. To prove it, we have put together simple information to help you better understand all the health benefits and risks that can come from drinking a humble cup of coffee.
Pros: Coffee is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and proteins.
Cons: Drinking too much coffee can be harmful.
Pros: Caffeine consumption can reduce the risk of certain diseases, such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Esophageal cancer and oral cavity cancer.
- Asthma attacks
- Heart rhythm disorders
- Cirrhosis of the liver
Cons: Some negative effects may include:
- Sleep disorders
- Auditory hallucinations
- Caffeine can inhibit the absorption of vitamins and minerals (e.g. magnesium, zinc, and iron).
- Coffee can increase blood pressure
- It has a mild diuretic effect; coffee can cause dehydration and the depletion of vitamins B and C as well as calcium, iron, and zinc.
- Can stain the teeth
- Can cause heartburn
Caffeine boosts the effectiveness of painkillers.
Coffee can relieve muscle pain during exercising. Trainers recommend drinking 2 cups of Java before intensive workouts.
Good for the garden: coffee grounds are used for fertilizing plants, creating a nitrogen-rich soil.
Women who drink at least 5 cups of coffee per day can reduce their risk of developing cancer by 57 percent compared to those who drink less than a cup per day. Heavy coffee drinkers can also have 20% less risk of breast cancer.
Men who drink 6 cups of coffee per day can reduce their risk of developing the most dangerous form of prostate cancer by 60 percent. Men who drink 1-3 cups of Java per day are twice as likely to develop this disease (30 percent).
Roasting coffee beans: The high temperatures required for roasting cause the formation of carcinogens, including creosote, pyrimidine, tars, and aromatic hydrocarbons.
Coffee plants are among the most heavily pesticide-sprayed crops in the world.
Average caffeine amount per cup (mg):
- Drip coffee – 115-175
- Brewed – 80-135
- Instant – 65-100
- Decaf, brewed – 3-4
- Decaf, instant – 2-3
Possible calorie content caffeine:
- Whipped cream (4 oz.) – 77
- Caramel – 25
- Sugar – 15
- Flavored cream (1 tbsp.) -15-35
- Whole milk (1 tbsp.) -18
- Non-fat milk (1 tbsp.) -11
- Soy milk