I love coffee and I used to drink it everyday. In fact for about 20 years I ground my own coffee beans and brewed my own pot of coffee every morning. I love the robust taste and the deep complexity of flavors you can get with different types of coffee beans.
My favorite brand of coffee was of course Starbucks and I knew all the different kinds of beans they have and tried them all. I had my favorite, which was Sulawesi that I always came back to. I never really gave too much thought to whether it was healthy or not, because it made me feel good when I drank and that was good enough for me.
But is it really healthy to drink that much coffee?
Coffee is one of those foods that you can find arguments on both sides of the fence as to whether it is healthy or not. It does contain some antioxidants that are beneficial for fighting free radicals and cancer. Some studies have even shown that people who drink coffee regularly have a reduced risk of getting diabetes mellitus.
On the other hand, you can find studies that will tell you that coffee has a negative impact on your health. Obviously, caffeine is a powerful stimulant to the central nervous system and is one of the main draws to coffee. It acts as a diuretic that can flush nutrients and vitamins from your body as it tries to rid itself of the caffeine and other toxins in coffee.
Is drinking coffee every day too much of a good thing?
My belief is that drinking one or two cups of coffee a day will have a negligible impact on your health, but more than that is unhealthy. When a person drinks coffee all day long it replaces other more healthful drink such as fruit juices, and too much of anyone food in our diet is never a good thing.
As I mentioned, I once drank coffee every day for 20 years straight, but only 2 cups per day on most days. I decided to give it up for the most part after I developed a problem with my blood sugar levels, and I found that I just felt better overall when I didn’t drink coffee.
That is what I have determined for myself, but coffee is one of those things that is borderline health-wise. Everybody has to make their own decision because there is not a clear-cut answer one way or the other as to whether it is healthy or unhealthy. It is kind of like alcohol that way.
Like anything in life, drunk in moderation coffee can be a very pleasurable drink and can make you feel good without any negative health consequences. But if it becomes addictive, it is easy to overdo it and take it to a negative level. Just keep it to a reasonable level and you should be fine.
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