It’s a question I’ve probably asked myself and others 1000 times over the past few years:
Is Coffee Good or Bad for us???
I used to be a coffee junkie like lots of others I know. I tried quitting many times over the years (mostly from feeling anxious) but could never quite get over it.
I did a lot more research after my diagnosis and I read a few times that it’s not good for people trying to prevent or fight off Cancer. I basically stopped drinking it for a long time but have slowly gotten in to drinking it a little more (probably 2-3 cups a week now). I always feel a little guilty when I have a cup of Java.
However, I was amazed the other day to found this blog post from AuthorityNutrition.com in my inbox that really caught my eye about the question I’ve been so curious about – The first line of the post describes my personal feelings “The health effects of coffee are quite controversial.”
As I read on, I was quite surprised to see how many “possible” Benefits coffee can have for our health and wellness. Some of the ones that really stood out for me are:
Coffee Contains Some Essential Nutrients and is Extremely High in Antioxidants
Coffee contains a small amount of some vitamins and minerals, which add up if you drink many cups per day. It is also high in antioxidants.
Excuse me??? This is the first I’ve ever heard of Coffee being high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are an important factor in fighting off illnesses.
Coffee May Help Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Leading to Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
Several studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease in old age.
This is the first I’ve heard of this one also… but sounds promising.
People Who Drink Coffee Are at a Much Lower Risk of Depression and Suicide
Studies have shown that people who drink coffee have a lower risk of becoming depressed and are significantly less likely to commit suicide.
Some Studies Show That Coffee Drinkers Live Longer
Some studies have shown that coffee drinkers live longer, which makes perfect sense given that they have a lower risk of many diseases. The strongest effect is seen for 4-5 cups per day.
And of course they explain some of the negative effects of drinking coffee.
Caffeine Can Cause Anxiety and Disrupt Sleep
Caffeine can have various negative effects, such as causing anxiety and disrupting sleep, but this depends greatly on the individual.
This is one of the main reasons I used to try to quit drinking coffee and still remains to this day. I can get very anxious and feel uncomfortable if I drink too much coffee and it’s not a feeling I really enjoy.
Caffeine is Addictive and Missing a Few Cups Can Lead to Withdrawal
Caffeine is an addictive substance. It can lead to tolerance and well documented withdrawal symptoms like headache, tiredness and irritability.
A friend of mine and I always say that coffee is the most addictive drug in the World. I’ve been through some minor withdrawal symptoms when I tried to quit in the past but nothing major since I never used to drink more than a couple of cups a day.
The Difference Between Regular and Decaf
Decaffeinated coffee is made by extracting caffeine from the coffee beans using solvents. Decaf does not have all of the same health benefits as regular coffee.
Sometimes if I have a coffee I’ll go for half decaf and half regular coffee. I’m a little worried that Decaf might actually be less healthier than regular coffee since most of it is processed with chemicals. They usually say all the chemicals are removed from the beans… but really is that 100% possible?
I know I won’t feel as guilty the next time I have the odd coffee. I also try to stay with local coffee shops since I know a little more about them and where it comes from, etc. They are also more open to questions if you have them.
These are the key points I’ve taken away from this article. Obviously, there’s a lot of other information out there supporting both sides of the story. To read the full blog post click here and let me know your thoughts below in the comments section.
Lots of love,