Does the thought of freshly ground coffee and live music at your favorite cafe send you into a dreamy state of deep thoughts and focus? Do you crave caffeinated conversation and heart-topped lattes all day as you catch up with friends? Iced or hot, with cream or without, a well-brewed coffee is a staple for most of us. It’s not just about the energy efficiency (while we love that), but about the experience as well.
Yet, is there such a thing as OD’ing on this bold brew? Can coffee actually be good for you? What about all of the headlines that claim we should avoid it? Which is right and why does it matter? Whether you decide to give up coffee or keep on sipping, read our rundown of coffee-drinking-latte-sipping pros and cons to make an educated decision.
Coffee is rich in antioxidants.
Due to the extraordinary amount of antioxidants in coffee, it has been linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease. Studies show that antioxidants also support longevity along with overall health.
Coffee can be an effective pre-workout.
We all love that buzz of energy coffee provides. So it makes sense that caffeine is considered an “ergogenic aid,” improving athletic performance and decreasing perceiving exertion (allowing you to workout harder, longer). Consume 8 oz. of coffee approximately 30 minutes before your workout to experience increased fat mobilization as well.
Coffee makes you happy.
Caffeine has been shown to increase serotonin levels, a compound that impacts everything from emotions to motor skills. This has a similar impact as some antidepressant medications. However, there is no guarantee in the long run that coffee will be beneficial.
On Second Thought
Sweet thing, you’re sweet enough
It’s not always coffee we’re craving when we stand in line, waiting to pay $6 for a drink. Along with the caffeine and high price tag, we’re also paying the price of consuming too much sugar. This craving for sugar causes our energy to spike, then drop as it shuttles through our bloodstream, causing a crash of energy. Excess sugar is also linked to an increased risk of heart disease and inflammation.
It can be addicting. Right?
Can’t give up your morning latte? Destined to stop at the donut shop for a cup of joe and pastry? While coffee can feel addicting, sometimes it’s the daily habit that contributes to our constant need for caffeine. Regular intake of caffeine can cause mild physical dependence, but since it does not cause the severity of withdrawal as drugs or alcohol, most experts do not consider it addicting. Yet, be prepared for headaches, irritability, brain fog and more if you decide to give it up.
Coffee jitters happen.
Caffeine can boost adrenaline in the body, resulting in high blood pressure, jittery feelings, and increased sweat. Because of this, drinking coffee late in the afternoon can also cause insomnia, making it difficult to fall or stay asleep.
As we wrap up, it’s important to understand that, as with most things, moderation is key. There’s no reason to skip your morning trips to Starbucks unless you’ve overslept and missed the train (in emergencies like that, we suggest taking advantage that coffee station at your workplace). It’s generally safe for most healthy adults to consume up to 400mg of caffeine a day. That’s roughly the amount in four cups of brewed coffee. Given the pros and cons, use good judgment along with a shot of sugar-free syrup and almond milk when contemplating which drink to order.
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Megan has been a certified personal trainer for over ten years. Also a lifelong vegetarian, her fitness journey began in high school, when she was overweight and inactive. After joining her first gym at the age of 16 and making changes to her lifestyle, the extra weight dropped and her commitment to health and wellness continued to grow. In a world that overwhelms us with diet plans, new workout routines, and the latest “stress-busting, abs-lusting” claims, Megan Meisner Fitness will help you silence the distractions and focus on mindfulness, self-awareness, and support to reach your goals.