Some people say coffee is bad for you, some other say coffee is good for you; truth is it has both its pros and cons.
- Coffee contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and a few dietary proteins.
- Research shows that coffee consumption may reduce the risk of some diseases and ailments, such as:
- Type 2 diabetes (reduces the risk in 25%)
- Cancer – oral, esophageal and pharyngeal
- Asthma attacks
- Heart rhythm problems
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Dementia (reduces the risk in almost 65%)
- A study shows that women who drink at least 5 cups of coffee a day may be 57% less likely to have estrogen receptor-negative cancers than those who drink less than one cup of coffee a day. Heavy coffee drinkers have 20% less risks of contracting any kind of breast cancer when age is taken into account.
- Another study shows that men who drink at least 6 cups of coffee a day are 60% less likely to develop a lethal form of prostate cancer than non-coffee drinkers, and men who drink from 1 to 3 cups of coffee are 30% less likely to develop it; they are also 20% less likely to develop any form of cancer.
- Caffeine increases the effectiveness of certain kinds of painkillers and acts as stimulant.
- Coffee´s antioxidants (polyphenols) act as cellular mutation protectors and delay aging.
- Increases alertness and concentration.
Overconsumption may cause negative effects:
- Changes in sleep pattern.
- May cause auditory hallucinations.
- Hampers absorption of some minerals and vitamins, such as magnesium, zinc and iron
- Can raise blood pressure.
- Mild diuretic could lead to dehydration and the loss of Vitamin B and C as well as calcium, iron and zinc.
- Can stain teeth.
- Acids can aggravate heart burn.
- Darks roasted coffee may contain carcinogens brought out by high heat during the roasting process.
- Coffee is also among crops most heavily sprayed with pesticides.
- When accompanied with caramel, whipped cream, flavored creamer, sugar, mocha, etc: it may possibly lead to weight gain.