Coffee: Keep Drinking it or Ditch it All Together?

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If you’re like me, then you not only love your coffee, but you NEED your coffee. Coffee is a life source. It is what makes waking up at 4:45am a little bit more tolerable. But some studies are starting to question just how good our beloved coffee is for us. So I examined both sides of the argument in an attempt to answer the question: “Coffee: Keep Drinking it or Ditch it All Together?”

Pro Coffee:

  • Coffee can to lead to a reduced risk of:
    • Type 2 Diabetes
    • Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Dementia
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Cirrhosis of the Liver
    • Liver Cancer
    • Colorectal Cancer
    • Heart Failure
    • Endometrial Cancer
    • Clogged Arteries and Heart Attacks
    • Erectile Dysfunction
    • Overall Death
  • Coffee increases your energy level by inhibiting the neurotransmitter, adenosine.
  • It increases your metabolic rate by 3-11%, causing you to increase the amount of fat your body can burn without any activity.
  • Coffee can improve your physical performance by 11-12% at the gym by increasing epinephrine levels in the blood.
  • There are several important nutrients extracted from the coffee bean when making coffee, including: riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and niacin.
  • Coffee is the number 1 source of antioxidants in the US.
  • Coffee is low in calories only having 2 calories per cup. However, make sure you keep track of all the creamer, sugar, and flavoring you add to your coffee, because those calories add up quickly.

Against Coffee:

  • Coffee can cause:
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Mood Changes
    • Unrestful Sleep
    • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Women that are trying to become pregnant may have a decreased chance of conceiving, if they are drinking coffee regularly.

Overall, coffee has a lot of beneficial health effects, in addition to keeping us alert. Make sure that you weigh the pros and cons based on your health and lifestyle before deciding whether you should keep or ditch coffee. Personally, I’m gonna keep the coffee coming!

For more information, check out:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/quit-coffee_b_1598108.html

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270202.php?page=2

http://authoritynutrition.com/top-13-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coffee/

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