Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The good and bad of coffee consumption

The winter months are the most valuable for many coffee shops as people tend to spend more money on the beverage during this season. 

Although many coffee lovers don’t stop drinking it in summer, they do tend to cut back in comparison to winter. With temperatures dropping more and more as we get further into winter, coffee shelves in stores hastily empty up. 

If you are like most of us, nothing warms your body or gets you going in the morning more than a hot cup of any chosen coffee. Not even a brutal winter cold can defeat a coffee addict. Cute winter hats and furry boots are just additional accessories to them.  Nothing keeps them warmer than coffee!

During this season, households, more especially at night, are scented with coffee bean aromas; this being for the fact that hot beverages do keep our bodies warm.  Question now arises: Is coffee addiction bad? It turns out coffee has both positive and negative effects on the body and mind, but the benefits appear to outweigh the dangers for most people.

Research has shown that coffee can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In a review published in the journal Diabetes Care, drinking six cups per day of either caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 30 percent. 

Also, it has been suggested that copious amounts of coffee may help against skin cancer, liver cancer, prostate cancer and a type of breast cancer called estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer. 

Women who drink more than five cups of coffee a day may not easily fall pregnant than those who don’t. So coffee can be bad for a couple trying to conceive.                                                                                                                                                              The caffeine in coffee can have several negative effects, such as temporary insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, stomach issues, rapid heartbeat and muscle tremors, according to research. 

Your recommended maximum amount of caffeine is 400 milligrams, roughly the amount that you’ll get from four cups of coffee. If you’re caffeine-sensitive, be careful with coffee. You are probably already aware what amount and what kind of coffee suits, or doesn’t suit you. The amount of caffeine that is safe for human consumption is actually written in our DNA. 

If you have high cholesterol or you are caffeine sensitive, pregnant or a child (or a parent of one), you should pay attention to coffee drinking. 

For others, reasonable amounts (1-6 cups a day) coffee can be good for you. It can prevent serious diseases, boost your mind and muscles, and even help you with weight loss. Remember, as long as you drink toxin free, specialty coffee and brew it with care, you can and should be enjoying it knowing it’s good for you.


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