What’s the Real Truth About Coffee?

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What’s the Real Truth About Coffee?

Like most nutrition topics, it seems no one can make up their minds about coffee. Is it good? Is it bad? Is it somewhere in between? Even the experts seem undecided at times, and you might be wondering the truth about coffee.

As with food and drinks, there has been plenty of research into caffeine and coffee in general. Here’s what we know so far, in a simple pros versus cons format.

The “pros” of coffee are…

  • It contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties
  • It might reduce the risk of some types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Parkinson’s disease
  • It can reduce or eliminate minor reflux in the morning
  • It can aid digestion (keeping you “regular”)
  • It helps some people focus and be more productive at work
  • It gives you energy, helping you stick to your weight loss plan

The “cons” of coffee are…

  • Headaches or irritability
  • Some uncomfortable digestive effects
  • Minor to moderate dehydrating effects (especially if you drink a lot of coffee)
  • Added calories to your daily nutrition plan (for those who include cream and/or sugar in their coffee)
  • Worsening acid reflux in some people

As you can see, coffee might actually affect people in different ways. For example, some people say it helps their reflux while others say caffeinated drinks make the condition worse. Some feel that coffee aids digestion while others report troubling side effects. This is probably because some people are simply more sensitive to caffeine than others. The best way to know how coffee affects you is to simply take notice of any symptoms along with the amount that you drink.

As with most things, coffee is likely just fine in moderation, and might even confer some benefits. But if it makes you cranky, gives you headaches, or triggers other uncomfortable symptoms, you are probably extra sensitive to caffeine. You can switch to decaf and enjoy the benefits of antioxidants from a healthy, well-rounded diet instead.

If you have questions about a healthy diet that aids in weight loss, helps you feel more energetic, or fights disease, give us a call. We can discuss a weight loss plan or anti-aging regimen to help you look and feel your best.