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.
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.
Your 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.
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.
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?