Is coffee a healthy beverage?

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Whether you are a regular coffee drinker, drinking as much as 4-5 cups everyday or not so frequent coffee drinker, it is always a matter of intrigue that is it good for health or not. There were studies linking regular consumption of coffee with hypertension, heart disease, stroke and even cancer. But, latest research indicates that those studies don’t really weigh in and there is absolutely no need to worry, there are millions of coffee drinkers in both the UK and US, the average consumption of coffee in the US is 2-3 cups every day. Around 54% of American adults consume coffee everyday and billions of dollars are spent annually on purchase of coffee drinks.

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So, is coffee a health beverage, should we skip it or keep drinking it? Studies indicate that coffee does give you that morning boost and makes you awake, it helps in improving concentration, but coffee can become addictive. The FDA asserts drinking coffee everyday can make you addicted to it, because without it you’d feel lack of concentration and you’d start drinking more than recommended 1-2 cups a day. It can alter your sleep, and so can every food item containing caffeine, including chocolates. As well as, coke, diet coke, tea and many energy drinks.

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So, why does only coffee gets red signals when it comes to health issues? Coffee gets a bad name due to addition of several ingredients in it, you can easily make a healthy drink to a calorie nightmare by adding sugar, creamers and taste makers in it. Adding milk can increase the calorie content, making it an unhealthy beverage if you are struggling with weight loss. A large cup of coffee with cream and sugar has around 260 calories. So, it is not just the caffeine that is the bad guy, research tells that coffee is good when taken in moderation (not more than 2-3 cups) everyday.

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Now let’s talk about the healthier content of coffee, coffee has naturally present antioxidants known as phenolic compounds. Antioxidants help in decreasing inflammation in the body and prevent many diseases. There were concerns that coffee may cause arrhythmia (irregular heart beat), but a latest study showed no such link. Another study showed that coffee consumption may prevent heart attack or stroke. There are absolutely no shown benefits of decaffeinated coffee, as the decaf version lacks antioxidants. Therefore, if you want to quit on it, quit on it entirely.

Too much coffee can make you anxious, and can cause insomnia if you drink it within 2-3 hours of going to bed, therefore moderation is the key, and the health benefits outweigh the risks of drinking coffee.