Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverage around the world, especially among American adults (1). Around 70 countries produce coffee making Brazil and Colombia the biggest producers worldwide (2). Canadians drink more than 15 billion of coffee cups annually (2).
Not only that coffee tastes good and stimulates us in the morning, it is also rich in antioxidant such as ‘phenolic compound’ that helps prevent chronic diseases such as cancers, liver conditions and heart diseases. Although results can be conflicting for heart diseases, the American Heart Association mentions that moderate coffee drinking (1-2 cups daily) does not seem to be harmful (3). Coffee also seems to have a positive effect on normalizing blood sugar levels in people living with Diabetes (2). Results have shown that more than 6 cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 35% compared to less than to 2 cups daily.
But be careful here! Coffee has to be taken in moderation despite the beneficial effects in our body. More precisely, it is recommended not to exceed more than 450 mg daily which is equivalent to 3-4 cups and which Health Canada also considers a safe amount for daily consumption. Excessive coffee intake can increase the risk of hypertension, irritability, nervousness, hyperactivity and lead to dehydration (2,3,4).
Results also showed that 67,5% of Americans consume coffee with caloric adds-in such as sugar, milk and cream that can also increase our daily energy intake and in turn, weight gain.
On the other hand, coffee can be an excellent booster on sport performance for athletic people since it reduces fatigue and increases endurance (2).
There are many varieties of coffee around the world and each will bring its own unique taste! Coffee in moderation is good for a healthy living! –SNC-
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