Health News – Coffee is Good for Health


People have seen coffee drinking as an unhealthy habit, along the lines of smoking and excessive drinking, and they may make a lot of effort to reduce their coffee consumption or quit drinking it altogether. A 24-ounce mocha Frappachino at Starbucks with whipped cream has almost 500 calories,that’s 25 percent of the daily calorie intake for someone who requires 2,000 calories a day. A beverage like that adds so much to their energy intake, and they may not compensate adequately by eating less. This could lead to weight gain and in turn increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. While talking about drinking coffee black or with little sugar or milk, various studies did not find any relationship between coffee consumption and increased risk of death from any cause, death from cancer, or death from cardiovascular disease. Even people who drank up to six cups of coffee per day were at no higher risk of death.  The evidence suggests that coffee drinking does not have any serious detrimental health effects.

Upper limit of Drinking Coffee

If you are drinking so much coffee that you get tremors, have sleeping problems, or feel stressed and uncomfortable, than obviously you are drinking too much coffee. But in terms of effects on mortality or risk of chronic diseases, there is hardly any negative effects of consuming up to six cups of coffee (8-ounce cup with 100 mg of caffeine) a day.

Benefits of Coffee 

Research suggests that coffee consumption may protect against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and liver cancer. Risk of type 2 diabetes has been evaluated in more than 25 cohort studies from America, Europe, and Asia and results from nearly all of these studies suggest that coffee may lower diabetes risk. Moreover, meta-analysis on coffee consumption and cardiovascular diseases suggested that moderate coffee consumption (3-5 small cups per day) is linked to a slightly lower risk of cardiovascular diseases. Cafestol is found in the oily fraction of coffee, and when you brew coffee with a paper filter, the cafestol gets left behind in the filter. So for people who have high cholesterol levels or who want to prevent having high cholesterol levels, it is better to choose paper filtered coffee or instant coffee, since they have much lower levels of cafestol than boiled or French press coffee.

Pregnant women, or people who have trouble controlling their blood pressure or blood sugar should avoid drinking coffee.

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