Is It Healthy to Drink Large Amounts of Coffee?
Is coffee good or bad for you? Frankly, the jury is still out on the subject. While we can’t give you a definitive answer, we can present you with the evidence for both sides and let you decide for yourself.
Most people drink coffee for the caffeine. It stimulates the central nervous system and creates an energized feeling. That’s the good news. The bad news is that over time the brain starts to become addicted to that feeling, even to the point of minor withdrawal if you go too long without it.
More bad news, increases in blood pressure and adrenaline are byproducts of the stimulant effect which causes unnatural strain on the body. Moreover, coffee is highly acidic and can lead to heartburn.
Caffeine is a diuretic. It makes you need to go to the bathroom more than you would otherwise. We can call that neutral since it could really be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you’re looking to do.
You could always opt for decaf to mitigate the negative effects. But you lose the benefits as well.
According to a Harvard School of Public Health research study, drinking coffee regularly decreases the odds of Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Liver Cancer.
To be clear, this isn’t saying that drinking coffee will prevent these things. We’re just letting you know that there is evidence that it can help lower their likelihood.
Coffee is effectively just stained water. If you skip the cream and sugar, you have a no-calorie beverage to enjoy. When stacked up against sodas and juices (both of which can have large amounts of caffeine as well) it’s a considerably healthier choice. On the other hand, the cream and sugar are often what makes the bitter drink bearable to people, thus adding calories where there would be none otherwise. But, you can typically control how much cream and sugar you use and adjust accordingly.
Would you believe Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than they do from fruits and vegetables? Antioxidants prevent and/or delay cell damage within the body. Furthermore, they help bolster your immune system and guard against infection.
These are some of the other effects of coffee that aren’t necessarily related to health but are still things that should be considered.
-The very smell of coffee has been shown to work as a deodorant and stress reliever.
-Nobody likes coffee breath
-The energy burst of the caffeine will lead to an eventual crash.
-Drinking too much to maintain the energized effect can lead to jitters and anxiousness.
At the end of the day, whether or not you drink coffee is probably going to come down to how it makes you feel. The very fact that it has so many pros and cons is a prime example of why it (as with all things) should be enjoyed in moderation. We hope this will help you make a better-informed decision about your coffee intake, one way or the other.