Coffee – Healthy or Not Healthy?

There have been debates about the benefits and risks of coffee consumption ever since the first cup was brewed. People have been divided into “drinkers” and “non-drinkers” for many, many years. Despite the early-instilled beliefs that coffee is very bad for the health, the development of science puts all kinds of similar notions to the test and the results are pretty interesting. So what have we discovered so far about coffee – is it healthy, or not healthy?

Not Healthy

We should start this discussion with the not-healthy aspects of coffee as they are more widely known and accepted.

There are two ingredients of the coffee bean called kahweol and cafestol. Filtered coffee does not contain them as the filter removes them during the brewing process, but people who consume non-filtered coffee risk raising the cholesterol levels in their organism.

Coffee is also somewhat damaging to the gastrointestinal organs lining which may result in ulcers and gastritis.

Coffee contains mostly caffeine, which is a stimulant and a currently little known about chemical
that increases the production of adrenaline and cortisone. These ingredients may result in addictive properties.

Excessive coffee consumption causes increased nervousness, irritability, anxiety as well as insomnia.

there are health benefits of coffee

Healthy

Recent research, however, has shown that the health benefits of coffee might actually outweigh the risks. Longitudinal studies have proved that regular coffee consumption has a very beneficial influence in the long term.

Brewed coffee contains a high concentration of antioxidants which may help in reducing the risk of cancer, among their other widely known benefits. As we rarely consume other foods and beverages which contain such a high amount, coffee may be the largest source of antioxidants in our diets.

Coffee also speeds up the excess of waste from the digestive tract which helps the organism get rid of unnecessary products faster.

Those who consume moderate amounts of coffee on a daily basis (3 to 5 cups) reduce the risks of developing Type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, gallstones and liver cirrhosis later in life.

Despite the long-established notion that coffee severely raises the blood pressure, it has been recently proved that this effect is more associated with soft drinks containing caffeine rather than coffee.

Coffee consumption increases performance on cognitive tests which means it boasts concentration and focus.

A cup of coffee may also relieve headaches and sometimes even migraines.

The Debate Continues

The debates regarding the risks and benefits of coffee will probably continue for a long time. It would currently appear that research is firmly standing behind coffee-lovers; suggesting that despite the fact that drinking coffee has its risks (as does everything else) the benefits outweigh these risks.

Of course there is no need to rush out and buy coffee if you simply don’t like the taste of it; but for those of us that believe hot, fresh coffee is the best start to the day and yet have given it up out of concern for our health, this new information allows us to breathe a sigh of relief and head straight for the coffee shop.

About the Author: Rita Rova is a coffee lover and writes food and drink articles for LoveMyVouchers.co.uk; the home of UK voucher codes and other discounts for all your groceries.

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