To answer my friend’s question, let’s look closer in to coffee and its benefits. What do we know about coffee?
Coffee is the most consumed drink in United States. Whether the overall effects of coffee consumption are positive or negative has been widely disputed.
Coffee is a source of caffeine. It’s not a secret that coffee keeps you awake. Every time you feel tired, but need to keep going, you are looking for a cup of coffee or caffeinated drink. Just the smell of freshly brewed coffee, in the morning, is enough to get you up and pour yourself a cup. How can something so delicious be bad?
Coffee is also known for boosting metabolism, good for digestion and magnesium rich. Research suggests coffee may lower the risk of liver cancer, colon cancer, Parkinson’s disease, type II diabetes, and gout (the key word is “may”). The caffeine found in coffee, has proven to have positive affects on alleviating headaches and treating asthma.
On the other hand, research has shown that it’s addictive, has a fat-like chemical, called cafestol, which increases the cholesterol level. For those of you who drink decaffeinated coffee, the cafestol is not reduced by decaffeination. Decaffeinated Coffee = coffee with caffeine reduced to a large extent. However, recent studies also show that coffee is good for preventing heart attacks. The caffeine in the coffee neutralizes endogenous enzymes which cause vascular congestion leading to heart attack.
So… it increases cholesterol, which does lead to a heart attach, but prevents from heart attacks by neutralizing the enzymes that cause it…
If all the scientists in the world can’t decide, I’d say coffee is neither bad nor good, it’s just DELICIOUS! For most healthy adults it’s considered harmless to drink 1-3 cups of brewed coffee a day, unless your doctor advices otherwise.
When u drink coffee, do you drink pure coffee or do you add things to it? Things like sugar, cream, flavor…All that adds calories to your daily diet. An 8-oz. cup of black coffee has only two calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But a 16-oz. peppermint white chocolate mocha from Starbucks has 460 calories and 12 g of fat.
So now that we know a little about coffee and tea (from my previous article), let’s compare!
Teas are high in antioxidants, often prove helpful in preventing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, full of vitamins, improve immune system, reduce cholesterol levels, etc. While coffee has also proven effective in combating Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and provide antioxidants, its health benefits essentially end there.
The excessive amount of either tea or coffee is equally bad. So go ahead and enjoy your cup of coffee or tea and make sure you don’t over do it. My personal choice is white and green tea.
If I am to eat or drink something, I better get the most out of it!