As an habitual Coffee drinker, you’ll often hear me recommend a coffee to anyone that walks into the shop looking a little jaded. But today I was reprimanded for my actions! “Coffee is poison, you shouldn’t be selling that rubbish let alone recommending it to your customers in a health food store”, the Customer told me.
Ok, so fair enough, everyone has an opinion right.
But now I’m sitting in my office writing a Blog post on this matter because I believe coffee drinkers also have a rights! So here it is: Is Coffee Really that Bad For You?
The health effects of Coffee are controversial to say the least! Obviously depending on who you ask, it’s either the Nectar of the gods or the Black Death.
Did you know! Coffee is high in Antioxidants and directly linked to a reduced risk of many diseases!
The average person that’s eating a typical kiwi diet actually gets more antioxidants from coffee than fruit and vegetables! What the hell? (I can’t actually confirm this information with actual scientific research, but this blog is pro coffee)
Coffee is more then Brown Water!
A typical 240ml cup of the sweet nectar:
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 11% of the RDA
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 6% of the RDA
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 2% of the RDA
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 2% of the RDA
- Folate: 1% of the RDA
- Manganese: 3% of the RDA
- Potassium: 3% of the RDA
- Magnesium: 2% of the RDA
- Phosphorus: 1% of the RDA
Ok, so these aren’t big numbers, I get that. But imagine buying 2 or 3 cups per day. That’s quite a significant portion of you nutrient intake for the day.
Coffee enhances brain function and boosts your metabolism!
Caffeine is in soft drinks, tea and chocolate, but coffee is by far the best source. Coffee is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world (that’s legal).
The Caffine in a single cup of coffee can range anywhere from 30-300mg, but the average strength is around 90-100mg.
So the best thing about caffeine is that it’s a stimulant and blocks the function of an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine, by doing this the caffeine is able to increase activity in the brain and helps the to release the good neurotransmitters called norepinephrine and DOPAMINE! This reduces tiredness and makes us feel alert.
Caffeine can lead to bursts of improved mood, reaction time, vigilance and general cognitive function. It also boosts your metabolism!
The only issue is these generous side effects are only short term and if your a long term coffee drinker your tolerance will build and the effects will be less powerful.
Coffee may help protect your brain in old age leading to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease!
Coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of type 2 Diabetes!
Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of Liver Disease!
Coffee drinkers are at a much lower risk of developing Depression or considering Suicide! Unless you try and quit coffee, then it’s going to be bad.
Studies in the UK show that regular coffee drinkers live longer!
Alright, so in the interest of keeping a little balance, there seems to be a couple of cons to drinking coffee, I’m not sure they out way the Pro’s, but I’ll let you judge.
Coffee can cause Anxiety in some people and disrupt your sleep:
So if coffee doesn’t make you feel awesome, don’t drink it and if your planning on going to sleep anytime in the next 3 or 4 hours, don’t drink it. Problem Solved.
Coffee is addictive and missing a few cups can cause withdrawls!
Lies. Get me a damn coffee, I’ve got a headache.
Coffee causes dehydration.
Make sure to chase your coffee with a bottle of water.
some people should not be drinking coffee. period.
If you are pregnant.
If you have anxiety Issues.
If you have a heart condition.
At the end of the day it’s a personal choice. My personal feelings are based on my extensive research, I think coffee plays a role in good health.
But there is truth to the phrase “Too much of anything can be a bad thing”. If your drinking more than 4 double coffee’s a day then maybe it’s time to cut back a little, if your the 4 shot long black guy then you need help.