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Coffee: Good? Bad?

Coffee: Good? Bad?

Hannah Colosio, Training Manager

There’s a small group of people who can take or leave coffee, or even don’t like it completely. But for the rest of us, coffee is why we wake up in the morning, and we can’t go a day without it.

Coffee’s swung in and out of favor in the last few years. Is it bad for you? Good for you? Neutral? Let’s talk about the myths and the truths.

Coffee can boost your metabolic rate by 3-11%. This means, at rest, you’ll be burning 3-11% more calories than you would otherwise. This can also lower your risk of Type 2 Diabetes. However, there is some evidence that shows that this effect decreases in long term coffee drinkers (so, all of us).

Another positive: coffee has small amounts of certain vitamins, such as B2, B5, B3, magnesium and potassium! The amounts are very small, but they can add up!

Contrary to older studies, coffee can actually lower your risk of strokes and atherosclerosis (the plaque on your arteries that can cause heart attacks) by keeping your blood vessels flexible and healthy. The previous studies that linked coffee with heart problems used a very high amount of caffeine per day.

Drinking a moderate amount of coffee has shown to slightly lessen your risk of several types of cancers and different brain diseases like Parkinsons and Alzheimers Disease. The research so far shows only small effects, but certainly no negative ones.

A disclaimer: the information above applies to people who drink under four cups of coffee a day, and black (or close to black) coffee. A little milk or sugar is fine, but four cappuccinos a day is not the same thing. If you’re drinking sugary caffeinated drinks, any positive you’re doing by drinking coffee is mitigated by the sugar and dairy you are consuming.

So, coffee drinkers, have your next cup without guilt. You’re doing your body good!

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