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.
- 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
- 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.
*Results may vary from patient to patient