Is coffee good or bad for human health? It’s a debate that has been going since forever and a highly polarized opinion has been set for this psychoactive drink. People love or they hate coffee. Very few people are out there who are not obsessed with coffee in either way. In the past, people advocate and censure coffee consumption on personal experience and mere made up facts.
However, in recent few decades, researchers have been trying to find out the good and bad aspects of coffee under the light of scientific studies. In this article, we try to dissect the use of coffee in the same context. It is important to know the both aspects of coffee drinking because as of the latest survey conducted in the beginning of the year, around 44 % American consumers stated that they drink two to three cups of coffee per day.
Let’s find out some of the benefits that can be availed by consuming coffee.
A catalyst for weight loss
According to the scientifically obtained nutritional chart of coffee, coffee is rich with micronutrients of potassium and magnesium. Ample amount of these minerals in the body regulates blood sugar level by optimizing the function of insulin which also helps in lowering the cravings for starchy and sugary foods. With regulation of insulin and blood glucose levels, there are also reduced chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Reducing the risk of developing cancerous tumors
According to a research study that analyzed the effects of coffee consumption on more than 40,000 people, drinking coffee on a regular basis can reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer and endometrial cancer by 20% and 25% respectively.
Another research study indicates that increased caffeine intake in the form of coffee can reduce the danger of developing squamous cell skin cancer.
Beneficial for elderly
A study conducted by Harvard University tells us that that regular consumption of coffee is linked to the reduced chances of developing Parkinson’s diseases by improving the function of brain parts affected by the disease.
Detoxification of the body
It is a well known fact that coffee contains lots of antioxidants that helps physiological systems of the body with the process of detoxification by getting rid of free radicals and by limiting oxidative stress.
Of course, there is a bad side to the consumption of coffee as well.
It can result in insomnia and restiveness
Excessive amount of coffee can produce the psychological effects that might lead to agitation and sleep deprivation. Some people are inherently sensitive to the psychoactive substance present in coffee, called caffeine.
According to a research paper published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, coffee can induce problems for developing fetus in a pregnant mother. Coffee that reaches the fetus through placenta can have adverse effects on the undeveloped metabolism of the unborn child.
According to a research study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, people who regularly consume around 350 milligrams of caffeine exhibit the signs and symptoms associated with drugs notorious for substance abuse. For instance, they possess a never-ending desire for coffee and experience the signs of withdrawals when they try to limit its consumption.
Digestive acidity and ulcers
There are various acids present in coffee beans. With excessive regular consumption, they can increase the acidity in the digestive system and can also damage the internal lining of the stomach and small intestine that leads to the ulcer.
People who are suffering from high cholesterol are advised to consume filtered coffee. Filtered coffee is the one with beans that are free of most of the LDL in it.
What path should be taken?
From the above discussion, one can figure out that the goodness or badness of coffee actually boil down to the degree of its consumption. Consuming coffee in moderation is the way forward. If you are drinking more than 1-4 cups in a day then there is strong probability that you are drinking good coffee. However, if you finish a cup of coffee every hour then it is more likely that you are consuming the bad one.
Be mindful of you daily consumption, especially if you are pregnant. But looking at the big picture, it is the opinion of this author that the good coffee outweighs the negative potential of bad coffee.
Still not sure, speak to your nutritionist or medical professional who know you and can advise your more thoroughly than any Internat article can do.