Conflicting studies come out frequentlyâsome report that drinking too much coffee is unhealthy, while others tell you to drink up to ward off diseases!
Iâll admit that Iâm biasedâI love coffee. I usually drink anywhere from three to five cups per day because I love the taste and appreciate a stimulating caffeine âbuzz.â
The studies that highlight the benefits of coffee, in my opinion, outweigh the bad. Letâs take a look at the caffeine content in coffee: 1-3 cups of coffee can generally contain 85-200 mg of caffeine. Amounts in this range are safe for most peopleâincreasing your alertness, improving your concentration, and even fighting fatigue.It is when you get into higher caffeine âdosages,â particularly in one sitting, that you may experience complications. Especially if youâre not used to drinking coffee, you may begin to feel anxious, restless, or nervous, or have trouble sleeping. By controlling the amount of coffee you drink, you can easily circumvent complications.A recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard University showed that increasing your coffee intake could lower your risk of developing type-2 diabetes. The researchers found that adding about a cup and half (360 ml) of coffee to your regular coffee consumption each day could reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes by 11%.They also found that those who decreased their coffee consumption by one cup a day, or more, increased their risk for getting type-2 diabetes by 17%.
People who consumed the most coffee per dayâthree cups or moreâhad the lowest risk of type-2 diabetes. In fact, this group was 37% less likely to develop the disease than people who drank one cup of coffee or less per day! The researchers reported no change in risk for those who drank decaffeinated coffee.
If youâve never drank coffee before, should you start? I honestly donât see a problem with having anywhere from one to three cups per day. Youâll want to start small to assess your tolerance, but unless youâve got severe heart problems, there is little to worry about.
It should be noted that type-2 diabetes is the result of insulin resistance, which refers to problems with glucose metabolism. So sugarâs obviously an issue here. To maximize the benefits of drinking coffee, you donât want to add too much sugar to it. Coffee is supposed to be bitter, so avoid adding copious amounts of sugar, sweeteners, or whipped cream to your âcup of Joe.â
Sources for Todayâs Article:
Yew, D., âCaffeine Toxicity,â Medscape web site, May 31, 2014;
Diabetologia, âIncreasing consumption of coffee associated with reduced risk of type-2 diabetes, study finds,â Science Daily web site, April 24, 2014; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140424190516.htm.
World Health Organization, âDiabetes,â WHO web site, January 2015; http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs312/en/.