Coffee is one of the foods that seem to go from being considered healthy, to unhealthy and back again. There are many studies on coffee’s health benefits or risks that seem to arrive at very different conclusions…
On one hand, research has shown that coffee consumption can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes due to its mix of minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Research has also shown a reduced risk for Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer, liver damage, and carcinoma. These studies are talking about the filter, black coffee—not foamy, caramel-topped.
On the other hand, research has also shown that coffee consumption is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. And findings for how it impacts blood pressure, hypertension, and the risk for stroke have been inconclusive.
Coffee can inhibit iron and zinc absorption and affect fertility when consumed excessively on a daily basis. Additionally, some adverse reactions include palpitations, insomnia, restlessness, headaches, abdominal pain, and diarrhea…
Coffee is neither definitively bad nor good for you. It really depends on the way that we drink it –– including the size of our cup, what we add to it, and how many times a day we drink it, what underlying conditions you may have, and how you feel (your genetic makeup)!
What can you do to make coffee healthier?
Although coffee has a negligible amount of calories alone, when paired with things like whipped cream, flavored syrups, and chocolate, the calories (and added sugar) can increase significantly and actually lead to inflammation (rather than the anti-inflammatory effects of black coffee).
To make your morning coffee or a coffee break as healthy, consider below points to prevent your energy boost into a calorie bomb.
Caffeine – Negative effects
Caffeine in coffee can vary (due to coffee origin and brewing method used) and the size chosen.
Apart from coffee, you’ll find caffeine in a range of products, including tea, chocolate, energy drinks, cola drinks, and even some baked goods.
It can be hard to pinpoint an amount of caffeine that will cause caffeine overdose symptoms since people can have different tolerance levels to caffeine.
Including caffeine in the diet can be very bio-individual (means that we are all different, with unique chemistry, genetics, predispositions, and reactions).
Everyone has two variants of the caffeine gene—CYP1A2, which controls the enzyme of the same name, and CYP1A2, which determines how well you metabolize caffeine. Either you are a fast metabolizer, which means you tolerate it well and caffeine leaves your system quickly, or a slow metabolizer, meaning your body holds on to caffeine longer making its effects stronger and last longer.
So, what’s the catch?
If you look forward to your cup of coffee as a relaxing & it heightens your productivity, concentration, follow the way to make your coffee healthier. On the other hand, if even small amounts of caffeine make you jittery, try considering going for DNA test to know which foods are favorable or unfavorable according to your genetic makeup.