People tend to have a love/hate relationship when it comes to drinking coffee. For me though, it’s always been the latter. I mean, what is there not to love? The smell, the taste, the post-java buzz you get…. In fact, I am sipping on an almond latte while I write this piece….
There is all sorts of information sprawled over the internet and supermarket shelves telling us whether coffee is healthy or not.
Having lived in Milan in Italy for a year and been fully absorbed into the Italian culture, coffee is not just a luxury, it felt like it is was a necessity.
Coffee is a social thing: it brings people together. Being a certified nutritionist and health coach and learning about nutrition and holistic health for over two decades since my diagnosis with Crohn’s disease in 1994 I have taken a natural approach to healing. And as a result, I truly believe one cup of coffee per day will only help your health not hinder it!
That being said, anything that exceeds one cup a day I don’t believe is beneficial. More than this and you can get the jitters and your energy will go from brilliant to blah in a short period from the caffeinated buzz. So having a degree of knowledge in health, nutrition and wellness, I believe a cup a day of good quality coffee combined with a nourishing diet will give you some wonderful health benefits. For those that are sensitive to caffeine, it might be advisable to switch to decaf so at least you can still enjoy the taste.
Benefits of coffee
- Boosts energy and performance
- Better concentration and focus
- Is a potent anti-oxidant which can help combat accelerated ageing and lifestyle-related illnesses.
- Helps burn fat
- Lowers the risk of heart-related diseases
- People who drink coffee tend to live longer
- Helps with stamina
- Improves memory and mood
There are many studies giving us evidence for the benefits of coffee:
This study in 2013 drew the conclusion that “chronic coffee consumption” is associated with improved endothelial function in elderly subjects, a bodily function that is linked to cardiovascular risk.
Another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that coffee drinkers were at less risk of dying prematurely from diseases like diabetes, heart disease and forms of cancer, although the researchers did admit whether this was a causal or associational finding cannot be determined from the data they used.
A study from Harvard in 2015 confirmed that those who drink 1-5 cups of coffee a day avoid diseases linked to premature death. A Japanese-based study also found similar results when it comes to coffee and longevity.
Higher consumption of coffee was associated with lower risk of death.
So, all in all, I think if you love your daily dose of coffee then, by all means, continue to enjoy it with pleasure. Try to stay within the healthy quantity and opt for premium blends, or cafes that serve good quality beans to get the optimal nutritional benefits of caffeine.