A lot of us drink coffee, but is it really good for us? I’ve done some research and I’m going to show you guys and gals the positives and the negatives and then you can decide for yourself (who are we kidding, we’ll probably just keep drinking it anyway).
- Coffee contains some vitamins and antioxidants
- Caffeine can boost brain function and metabolism
- Reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s (Up to 65%) and Parkinson’s disease (32%-60%)
- Lower risk of type 2 diabetes (By 23%-67%)
- Lower risk of liver disease (By 84%) and liver cancer (By 40%)
- Lower risk of Depression (By 20%) and Suicide (By 53%)
- Reduced risk of death (By 12%-16% if you drink 4-5 cups per day)
- Caffeine can cause anxiety and disrupt sleep
- Caffeine is addictive
A typical 8oz (240 ml) cup of coffee contains:
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 11% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 6% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 2% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 2% of the RDA.
- Folate: 1% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 3% of the RDA.
- Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 2% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 1% of the RDA.
The benefits of coffee are negated if you add sugar, cream or an artificial cream substitute. Drink black or with a small amount of skim milk for the best results.