Are There Health Benefits to Drinking Coffee?

Are There Health Benefits to Drinking Coffee?

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Are There Health Benefits to Drinking Coffee?
By: Moe. KaakatiCC BY 2.0

Coffee is an area of contention when it comes to discussing its potential advantages and disadvantages to your health. There are so many myths surrounding coffee that everyone generally seems to be in the dark when discussing its impact on our health.

Even if you’re using the best coffee machine available, you still need to consider how much you’re drinking. Generally speaking, too much of anything is likely to be bad for you. However, this doesn’t mean that coffee is without its health benefits.

Nutrients in coffee

We’re always hearing about the negative effects of drinking coffee, but no one ever seems to know anything about its nutritional value. In actual fact, coffee contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary proteins.

Preventing diseases

New research has revealed that consuming coffee can reduce the risk of contracting various diseases, ailments and conditions. We now know that drinking coffee can reduce the risk of getting Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Type 2 Diabetes.

Apart from these conditions, by drinking coffee, you can also reduce the risks of getting gallstones, cancer, asthma attacks, cirrhosis and strokes. All this, potentially, just from consuming caffeine.

Judging by the numbers

Research shows that women who drank around five cups of coffee a day were 57 per cent less likely to have oestrogen receptor-negative cancers than those who drank less than a cup a day. Men who drank at least six cups a day, on the other hand, were less likely to develop the most dangerous form of prostate cancer.

The men were also 20 per cent less likely to develop any form of cancer too.

Debunking health myths

There are several long-running myths about how coffee is bad for you. These need to be debunked. Firstly, there is the myth that caffeine aggravates the onset of heart disease. This is false. Studies have shown that women who drank two to three cups of coffee a day actually had 25 per cent less chance of getting heart disease.

It is also alleged that caffeine increases the risk of hypertension. This, too, is false. Caffeine causes a boost to short-term blood pressure, but not on a serious level. The risk comes in with the sugar that people add to their coffee.

Finally, some people claim that caffeine contains an abundant amount of calories. Again, this is false. On their own, tea or coffee is very low in calories. It’s just that when you add milk and sugar, the calories increase. This is particularly bad when you, add, for instance, a caramel shot to your daily cup of coffee at Starbucks.