Coffee: The Pros and the Cons

Amy Kaczor, MS, RD, LDN

Ah, coffee. You either hate it or love it (or really love it!). For the coffee lovers out there, inside your daily cup (or cups) of joe is much more than just a boost of energy!

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It is well known that coffee gives you that spark to help you gain focus and productivity during those busy days. Beyond that, regular coffee consumption is associated with lowered risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease (American Heart Association, 2018). In addition, several studies have even revealed a relationship between increased coffee consumption and decreased risk of depression (Cleveland Clinic, 2020).

The Food and Drug Administration (2018) recommends no more than 400 mg of caffeine each day. This comes out to about four to five 8-ounce cups of coffee each day. Any more than this and you may experience insomnia, increased anxiety, or elevated blood pressure (Hopkins Medicine, n.d.).

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Depending on what you like in your java, coffee can also contribute a significant amount of fat and sugar to your diet, whether you take cream, sugar, milk, honey, half and half, et cetera. However, moderation is essential in allowing yourself to have those delicious lattes or macchiatos while also reaping the benefits of coffee.

Amy Kaczor, MS, RD, LDN

References:

Nine reasons why (the right amount of) coffee is good for you. Johns Hopkins Medicine. (n.d.). Retrieved January 21, 2022, from https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/9-reasons-why-the-right-amount-of-coffee-is-good-for-you

Commissioner, O. of the. (n.d.). Spilling the beans: How much caffeine is too much? U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved January 21, 2022, from https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/spilling-beans-how-much-caffeine-too-much

Is coffee good for you or not? www.heart.org. (n.d.). Retrieved January 21, 2022, from https://www.heart.org/en/news/2018/09/28/is-coffee-good-for-you-or-not

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