Is Coffee Good for You?
When determining the benefits of including something into your diet, we often return to the saying “everything in moderation is fine” which also provides us with the commonly known insight that anything in excess can be detrimental.
But where does this leave coffee, that much loved and such widely accepted beverage which is now so strongly intertwined with our culture? With the rapid expansion of the coffee industry you do not have to travel too far to find your next caffeine hit, as there really does seem to be a cafe on nearly every corner.
Caffeine is well known for its ability to ward off fatigue, largely due to its stimulant effects within the body. Those late night reports or University essays are largely fueled by caffeine most commonly derived from coffee, but does coffee offer any other health benefits?
Coffee is derived from the seed of the coffee plant, and as this is a natural source it can provide you with a wealth of health benefits when consumed in moderation. These include:
- Enhanced mental alertness
- Fatigue reduction
- Anti-oxidants which can assist in the prevention of cancer development
- Pain management due to its effect to constrict blood vessels
- Potential for increased fatty acid metabolism (fat burning)
- Performance boost via decreasing rate of perceived exertion (making physical activity seem easier)
Like anything in your diet excessive consumption can lead to negative side effects but what is excessive?
Generally speaking, most individuals can get away with consuming between 200-300mg of caffeine on a daily basis which equates to around three to four espresso shots of coffee each day. Given most regular sized take away coffees contain around two espresso shots, this means you can enjoy two regular sized, or three smaller sized espresso coffees each day to reap the health benefits and avoid any negative effects from over-consumption.
Given this, we are off to our local cafe The Oily May at Mayfield, where our good friend Ben is consistently producing some of the finest coffee in the local region.
We hope to see you there!