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Is coffee good or bad for you?

November 21, 2015
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I’ve never really drunk coffee. I mean, I’ve had some, but I’ve never liked it. Growing up in Sweden, you’re surrounded by people drinking coffee – all day, every day pretty much. For some reason, I just couldn’t get into it.

However, a while back I decided to give coffee another go. Jeremy bought a Nespresso machine, and seeing as we had it around I thought I might as well see if I can get into drinking coffee now that I’m a bit older. So I’ve had a bit of coffee since then, and it’s not too bad.

Yesterday I started thinking about whether or not drinking coffee really is a good idea. Isn’t it supposed to be bad for you? Or is it good for you? I’ve heard so many different things. So I decided to do some research, and this is what I found.


The Positive

You’re less likely to get Type 2 Diabetes
Research shows that those who drink a fair bit of coffee are less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes. Apparently this is because coffee contains ingredients that lowers blood sugar. Although no one really knows which ingredient it is that helps with this, it’s not likely to be the caffeine as studies have shown that decaffeinated coffee has the same effect.

You’ll be in a better mood
Growing evidence is showing that coffee boosts dopamine production in the brain. One study apparently found that women who drink four or more cups of coffee per day have a 20% less chance of suffering from depression. And another study showed that coffee drinkers are half as likely to commit suicide.

Coffee2Your heart will love you for it
A Harvard study showed that two or more cups of coffee per day could protect against heart failure. Other studies have found that drinking larger intakes of coffee, as well as of green tea, can lower most people’s risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Apparently this was more evident in women than men.

You might not have to worry about Alzheimers
One study has found that those who drink a moderate amount of coffee are 20% less likely to develop Alzheimers. Caffeine and the antioxidants in coffee apparently reduce inflammation in the brain and can slow down the deterioration of brain cells.

You could become a better athlete
Research has shown that a cup of coffee before a workout boosts athletic performance, especially in endurance sports such as running or cycling. Caffeine is said to increase the fatty acids in the bloodstream, allowing muscles to absorb and burn those fats for fuel, and save the body’s small reserves of carbohydrates for later on in the exercise.


The Negative

Coffee can increase the intensity of anxiety
If you’re an anxious person, apparently caffeine can make it worse. Because caffeine increases your heart rate, it is also not a great thing for those who suffer from panic attacks.

It can cause insomnia and restlessness
If you struggle to get to sleep at night, you should probably think about your coffee drinking habits, as research has found that drinking large amounts of coffee can lead to insomnia, increase the number of times you wake during the night, and interfere with deep sleep.

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It can increase your bad cholestorol
Unfiltered coffee, such as espresso, has been found to contain higher levels of cafestol, a compound that can increase blood levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. It is therefore recommended to choose filtered coffee instead.

Coffee is addictive
Apparently coffee can cause similar withdrawals to those who are addicted to alcohol, cigarettes or drugs. So if you’re not keen to feel that addicted, you should probably re-think starting to drink coffee if you’re not already a coffee drinker.


So it looks like there are quite a few reasons why you should drink coffee, and also quite a few why you shouldn’t. These are of course only a few I’ve found around the internet, and who knows how accurate they actually are.

In saying this, Jeremy and I went to Nespresso earlier today and I tried one of their limited edition Christmas flavours, and ended up buying a pack of Vanilla Cardamom capsules.

At this stage, I think I’ll be fine to have a cup of coffee every now and again. I don’t even drink it every day. Lately it has just been on the weekends.

I have noticed that I get in a better mood and that I feel like I have more energy, but then I feel like I get more tired after. I guess that’s how people get addicted. They have another cup as soon as they feel tired again.

Do you drink coffee, and if so, how much?

Sophie

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6 Comments

  • Little Misadventures

    Coffee is AMAZING. I have been drinking it for the last five years and I am 100% addicted. Opps. I try to limit myself to 1-2 per day, but I have managed to have 6 once. Ha. I also order a quadruple shot flat white whenever I go into cafes.

    I NEED to have my morning coffee otherwise I get the shakes and headaches come midday. Withdrawal symptoms are the worst >.< Good luck with your 'once in a while' thing! That's what I told myself too 😉

    November 21, 2015 at 7:32 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Haha, looks like I’m in for a bit of a ride! One time when I had a coffee at work, I got really jittery and shaky. I think it might be because my body doesn’t quite know how to handle caffeine. Once I get used to it, I might get the withdrawal symptoms!

      November 21, 2015 at 7:34 pm Reply
  • Les

    Yes, like most of us out there, I do drink coffee. However, I don’t drink that much of it. I always have one cup of decaff in the morning and maybe one during the day, but that’s all. Guess that I’m not much of a coffee drinker. Some people that I know drink lot’s of it. Some can drink a whole pot in one day! For some reason, I can’t do that.

    November 22, 2015 at 12:16 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      I don’t know many people who drink decaf coffee, especially in the morning. Most people I know want the caffeine kick to wake them up! 🙂

      November 22, 2015 at 8:46 pm Reply
  • WanderLaur

    I only started drinking coffee in recent years. As with many things, it was an acquired taste, starting with very sweet iced drinks, and moving to caramel lattes and the like, and now I do appreciate the flavor of a good coffee or cappuccino. It’s important, to me, to not drink it for the energy and to not develop a habit that might make me crave it. I didn’t realize there were so many benefits to drinking coffee – now I feel better about my occasional habit! 🙂

    Sidenote: do you have any citations/links for your sources? I’d be curious to check them out.

    November 23, 2015 at 8:04 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      I’ve never been much of a fan of the sweet coffee drinks, which is why I drink mine black with no sugar, but I know that it’s common to start with the iced drinks! I totally realised now that I probably should have included links to the sources. To be honest, I grabbed the information from about 20 different pages, and I haven’t saved them. Sorry! Otherwise I would have gladly given you the links. You can find quite a lot of info from just searching for ‘is coffee good or bad for you’, haha.

      November 23, 2015 at 11:29 am Reply

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