There are so many rumors about coffee's negative effect on health: it stunts growth, it causes heart disease, it's linked with osteoporosis in later life, and much more.
But at the same time, there are also many claims out there about coffee's miraculous health benefits: reduced risk of death, lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and protection against cancer.
With so much false information out there, how do we know whether coffee is truly good or bad for us?
I did a little research to find out. Let's bust some coffee myths and find the truth with a pros and cons comparison!
Cons of Drinking Coffee
– High consumption of unfiltered coffee like espresso is associated with a mild rise in cholesterol levels.
– Drinking 2 or more cups of coffee a day may increase the risk of heart disease in people with a certain common genetic mutation that slows the breakdown of caffeine in the body.
– When you drink a lot of coffee, you risk becoming stressed more easily or experiencing the "caffeine jitters."
– It's been found that coffee consumption may be linked to high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and decreased bone density.
Pros of Drinking Coffee
+ Research has found no connection between coffee and an increased risk of cancer or heart disease.
+ Drinking 3-5 cups of coffee a day reduces your risk of developing Alzheimer's or dementia by around 65%.
+ People who drink between 1 and 5 cups of coffee a day are up to 12% less likely to die of any cause.
+ Drinking 1-2 cups of coffee (or caffeinated tea) a day can lessen your risk of cardiovascular disease by 38%.
+ Long-term coffee drinkers are significantly less likely to develop type-2 diabetes.
+ Drinking coffee at work seems to increase your pain tolerance (particularly of chronic neck and shoulder pain, even when participating in activities that usually exacerbate it).
+ Green coffee bean extract (which you can find in your local health or drugstore) can help you lose weight.
+ Even just the smell of coffee can decrease your stress levels.
So just glancing through the existing research from reputable sources, it seems like even the experts conclude that the pros far outweigh the cons! So drink up, and don't feel bad about enjoying that cup of joe in the morning – you could be doing your body a favor!