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Published on March 10, 2020

Is coffee bad for you?

Is coffee bad for you?

Could the popular morning drink be the best part of your morning or a health barrier?

Coffee is one of those foods that frequently is cast in an unhealthy light. But is coffee actually bad for you, or is it just a victim in the media’s constant diet mentality? Let’s explore the benefits, and potential pitfalls, of the popular morning beverage.

What is the benefit of coffee?

Coffee is a great source of antioxidants. These may act in a protective manner in the body, especially by acting as anti-inflammatories. Coffee contains potassium, niacin, vitamin E, and magnesium. Even decaf coffee contains these nutrients.

Is there such a thing as 'too much' coffee?

There is such a thing as too much coffee. If you are having tremors, trouble sleeping or feeling very tense then it may be time to slow down. According to the March of Dimes, pregnant women should limit their caffeine consumption to 200 mg per day at the maximum, or 1-2 10oz mugs. People with hypertension or who are taking certain medications should stick to decaf coffee. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.

Adding flavor to your coffee

Most studies on the benefits of coffee looked at black coffee with little cream or sugar. Adding in syrups and frothy cream will change the nutrition content of your coffee. Consider trying some alternative methods of flavoring your coffee, such as adding milk and cinnamon or vanilla if you like those flavors.

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