The Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

The Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

pros and cons of drinking coffeeIn what seems like a debate that has stood the test of time, whether or not coffee is good for you is still constantly being asked. There are many positives and negatives of drinking the morning pick-me-up drink. In some cases, many people consider the positives better for them than the negatives, but let’s take a look at the facts and you can decide from there whether you want to cut back your consumption or keep your three cups a day.

The Pros

The first obvious pro for many people that drink coffee at least once a day is the energy rush that comes from the caffeine. Caffeine has more of an effect on some than others and producers of drinks like 5 Hour Energy uses their advertising time to knock the feeling you get after the caffeine rush wears off. Drinking coffee also allows you time to stretch your legs and go for a walk, especially in the corporate world where your day consists of sitting at your desk for eight hours. The 3 p.m. walk to your local coffee shop keeps your legs moving and gets you the rush of energy you need to get through the rest of your day.

There are medical pros to drinking coffee. Among them include:

  • Reduces Risk of Getting Diabetes

There have been numerous studies performed over the past 20 or so years that have looked at the effect of coffee on your body. In 2005, nine studies in particular were examined and it was determined that those who drink between four and six cups of coffee each day saw their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes drop by close to 30 percent, compared to those who drink two or less. Those who drink more than six cups of coffee each day saw their chances of developing diabetes drop by more than 35 percent. If you are worried about drinking too much caffeine and becoming too wired, one interesting fact is that you can drunk caffeinated or decaffeinated and it will have the same positive effect on your body.

  • Fights Free Radicals

The one thing that many people don’t realize is that coffee is actually a plant and because of that, has more than 1,000 natural substances called phytochemicals. The substances are known to help fight disease, which is especially the case of the many chemicals that are antioxidants. The antioxidants you get from the antioxidants will actually protect your cells from damage.

  • Improves Memory and Cognition

Some research has found that drinking coffee in the morning made people perform better with their normal everyday tasks than those who don’t drink coffee in the morning. They did especially better when it came to learning new information. In another interesting twist of fate, those who drink a cup of coffee in the morning and also eat something sweet, your memory and cognition will improve that much more.

The reason why it is believed that this happens is the combination of the two substances help the efficiency of the area of the brain where memory and cognition are affected.

The Cons

Drinking a cup of coffee is something that can be done out of necessity and as social behavior, but it doesn’t mean that it is done without harm. There is some harm that can be done to your body when drinking coffee. Among them cons are:

  • Causes Wrinkles

When you see that drinking coffee causes wrinkles, you may wonder why, especially considering the amount of antioxidants that are found in each drink. It goes along with the whole mantra of being good for you in moderation. In moderation, coffee has more positives than negatives, but the more you drink, the more your skin will begin to wrinkle. This occurs because your body is dehydrated and not getting all the nutrients and fluids it needs to be healthy. One way to offset this is to drink a bottle of water with every cup of coffee you drink. This is something I do on a daily basis. When I have my morning coffee, I also drink a large coffee and a glass of orange juice. This allows me to get the taste and power of my coffee, while also keeping my body properly hydrated and healthy.

  • Causes Weight Gain

This doesn’t happen in everyone that drinks coffee, but it is something that can occur in some people. Drinking too much coffee can play around with your cravings and make you eat more than you typically would. Part of the problem is that often times, we find ourselves pairing coffee with unhealthy snacks such as donuts, muffins and more. In the afternoon, when you crash from losing your caffeine-high, the first thing you will reach for is something sweet like candy instead of something healthy like a yogurt.

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