Recently, there has been much media coverage about the benefits of coffee consumption (in moderation). Studies have looked at the effects of regular consumption of 3-5 cups of coffee per day (or 24-40 oz.). Three to five cups of coffee adds about 95 – 200 mg of caffeine to your diet.

Remember, adding sugar, half-n-half, or flavored syrups increases caloric consumption – and the research has looked at black coffee without additives. Coffee itself is an almost no-calorie beverage -with just about 1-2 calories per 8 oz cup.

Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Kali, weighed in on how your own coffee consumption may be affecting your overall health.

The PROS:

  • Coffee beans are a high-antioxidant food and can help reduce inflammation, which is the root of most diseases.
  • Coffee may protect against heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, liver cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Coffee can Increase energy and concentration
  • Coffee may fight depression
  • Coffee my protect against cancer
  • Coffee can decrease the risk of gallstones
  • Coffee can enhance your skin quality

The CONS:

  • Due to caffeine levels, coffee cause insomnia and changes in sleep patterns
  • Coffee can hamper absorption of vitamins and minerals, such as iron and magnesium.
  • Coffee can raise blood pressure
  • Coffee has a diuretic effect and can lead to dehydration
  • Coffee can aggravate heartburn
  • In some people, coffee can increase anxiety, jitters and upset stomach

Whether you should drink coffee and how much is a personal choice, and something you can discuss with Kali on your next visit.

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By / May 11, 2016 / Healthy living