Why you should feel good about your coffee habit:
Science is on your side
Coffee drinkers everywhere, rejoice: the scientific community is in consensus that there are numerous benefits of drinking coffee, and that those benefits outweigh any potential risks.
A 2017 review of over 200 studies examining the connection between coffee consumption and various health outcomes demonstrated that coffee is safe, and further, that coffee consumption is linked to reduced risk of overall mortality, cardiovascular disease, and cancer (1).
Coffee consumption was also associated with a lower risk of several specific cancers and neurological, metabolic, and liver conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and type 2 diabetes (1). It’s clear that the benefits go beyond making us feel awake and ready to take on the day.
Interestingly, for health outcomes improved by coffee, the same review of studies indicated the largest risk reduction at three to four cups a day. (HAPPY DANCE.) These benefits are unique to coffee — they do not apply to all caffeinated beverages.
It’s important to note that beyond 3-4 cups, however, risk factors of excessive caffeine consumption may increase – so like all things, it’s best to enjoy your coffee in moderation.
Caffeine itself is a diuretic, meaning it causes you to lose water more quickly. It’s also a stimulant and speeds up the metabolism (3), which affects the body in a variety of ways including speeding the movement of waste through your body, which decreases the time for nutrients to be absorbed (2). (Ever notice that you have to go after your morning cup of joe?)
Caffeine content varies greatly from coffee to coffee so while several cups of your favorite fair trade beans from the grocery store may have 100 mg per 8 oz cup, a leading retail coffee chain has DOUBLE that at 200 mg per cup.
Listen to your body
Our body intuition is brilliant and can tell us everything we need to know: if we’re willing to listen. Our bodies all metabolize coffee at a different rate (3), which is why some people can drink coffee in the afternoon and sleep fine, and others need to quit after their morning coffee. If your coffee habit causes you to crash, feel jittery, or have trouble sleeping – it may be wise to cut back. If you just feel good and awake? Enjoy to your heart’s content! Science is on your side.
To avoid excess sugar and calories, coffee is best black, and brewed at home. Add a bit of almond or oat milk for creamer. Additionally, be mindful of the ethical and environmental impacts of coffee by choosing ethically grown, fair trade coffee. While you can’t find locally grown coffee in the states, you CAN find locally roasted coffee.
The benefits of coffee, of course, go beyond science. Is there anything better than the aroma, feel of the warm mug in your hands, and taste of your first sip as you’re starting your day? Or enjoying a cozy conversation over coffee with a friend? We didn’t think so.
Make sure to check out Panda Marie’s very own line of locally-roasted coffees: Day Maker Cold Brew pitcher packs, Keto Blend and Feel Good Blend ground coffee, all available in the shop!