All around the world people enjoying a cup of coffee.
Is it really unhealthy? Should we avoid it?
There are many options to drink coffee and the different ways to drink it influence the healthiness of the drink itself.
- espresso (no milk!)
- cappuccino/latte/flat white/macchiato (with milk)
- Americano (with water or water and milk.).
When you drink coffee you should also consider the milk that you are drinking with it, the amount and the type.
Remember that the milk, among of its compounds contains sugars, hence it increases the number of calories added to the drink.
Coffee may have some beneficial effects on health:
An analysis, published in November 2017 in the BMJ (the British Medical Journal) scanned nearly 220 studies on coffee and found that overall coffee drinkers may enjoy health benefits over people who don’t drink it.
Some of the reviewed studies linked coffee drinking to lower rates of heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Some studies have tried to determine which ingredients in coffee contribute to its health benefits.
Those might include antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, concluding coffee may have protective effects against cancer, heart conditions and neurodegenerative disorders, as well as the risk of liver diseases such as cirrhosis.
While the researchers concluded the results support moderate coffee drinking, they say the findings don’t go far enough to prompt anyone to change their coffee-drinking habits in the hopes of improving their health.
The only negative health effects the review determined were among women, who were at slightly higher risk of developing fractures if they drank more coffee, and pregnant women.
The study found that pregnant women who drank more coffee tended to have higher rates of miscarriage, more premature births and more babies born with low birth weight than women who drank less coffee.
Who should reduce or avoid coffee
- Pregnant women
People who suffer from:
So, in conclusion
While the study did not confirm that people who don’t currently drink coffee should start adding it in order to lower their risk of developing the chronic conditions studied
Coffee is not the enemy, coffee also holds its own health benefits, but in some cases mentioned above, you should avoid it.
Written by Pazit Azoulay
PazByNature Clinic Head Therapist