Coffee: Pros and Cons

Posted on Oct 13, 2017

Plenty of people “start the day” with a cup of coffee. Made from the roasted and ground bean-like seeds of a tropical shrub, coffee can be served hot or cold and is known for having caffeine. People typically drink coffee because it acts as a stimulant of the central nervous system thanks to its caffeine.

What are some of the good things coffee does for a person besides help wake/perk them up? Studies have shown that the more coffee you drink the more likely you’ll reduce your risk of getting diabetes. Coffee is a plant-based food. Coffee beans contain phytochemicals, which ultimately help protect cells from damages due to free radicals. In other words, coffee can help prevent disease because it supplies a person with antioxidants.

College students often drink coffee for good reason… did you know that coffee helps improve a person’s cognitive function and performance? Studies have shown that coffee drinkers perform better on exams because coffee helps a person sustain attention as well as remember stuff better.

While coffee has some pros, it also comes with cons, as most things in life do, right?

Even though coffee has antioxidants, it can cause your skin to wrinkle! That’s because coffee dehydrates the body. Therefore, it’s best to drink plenty of water after downing a couple cups of coffee.

Did you know coffee drinkers are more likely to end up with osteoporosis since there’s a loss of calcium involved when consuming it? Coffee drinkers pee out calcium. There is a way to fight this, though, and that’s by adding milk to your coffee.

Some coffee drinkers put on extra weight thanks to their coffee consumption habits. Think about it this way: what goes well with a morning coffee? How about a doughnut or sugary pastry? Meanwhile, after the high from caffeine wears off, people “crash,” and then they want and eat fatty foods to keep themselves going. So, over time, coffee can exacerbate weight gain.

Finally, coffee plants are often sprayed with chemicals. You end up ingesting those chemicals whether knowingly or not, unless you use organic coffee, which is free from chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. It may cost more, but it’s worth it for the sake of your health and well-being.

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