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Is Coffee Good for You?

Written by
Zeba Jabeen
and medically reviewed by Roopa

Published on Apr 28, 2022   -  4 min read


This article comprises information about coffee and its effects on the health of individuals of all age groups.


What Is Coffee?

The word ‘coffee’ leaves most of us with a smiling face. After all, it is the world’s favorite beverage. For many of us, a day without coffee is a day wasted. It boosts us with energy and enthusiasm to face the hard challenges and be victorious. Coffee is a liquid refreshment prepared by infusing or brewing roasted coffee beans or powder. Earlier, coffee was looked down as a beverage full of detrimental effects on health. But, lately, studies have claimed it to be a boon to the human race.

Coffee contains caffeine, a natural tonic that imparts wakefulness to the brain, which enhances memory; improves mood, reaction times, and other rational functions. It also helps in better performance in physical activities. Coffee is also a treasure of many floral substances and antioxidants beneficial to health. In addition, it comprises nutrients like vitamin B complex, potassium, and riboflavin. However, coffee is a complex compound with specific adverse effects, mainly due to its high caffeine content.

What Are the Benefits of Coffee?

The various advantages of coffee are listed below:

WhatAre the Harmful Effects of Coffee?

Besides a plethora of health benefits, coffee possesses some disadvantages to health. The demerits and their precautions are as follows:


Coffee is a complicated beverage with benefits and side effects, so it needs to be brewed carefully. It can be enjoyed brimming while keeping the pitfalls in mind. Beware of its detrimental effects and discontinue it if they manifest themselves. Its sensitivity differs from one individual to another, which should also be considered.


Frequently Asked Questions


What Are the Good Effects of Coffee?

Coffee has become an essential need in everyone’s life. Here are some good effects of coffee that you must know:
- It improves mood.
- It helps in processing glucose, thus reducing type 2 diabetes.
- It protects your liver.
- It may prevent heart failure.
- It increases your level of concentration.
- It lowers the risk of cancer.


Does Drinking Coffee Make Me Fat?

Coffee is a beverage; almost everyone loves it and consumes more cups a day. However, limited amounts of coffee have positive effects on your body. In addition, coffee contains caffeine that aids in burning your body fat. If you tend to add sugar and other supplements like whipping cream and high-fat milk to your coffee, it may increase weight. To some extent, the coffee with less sugar and fat-free milk aids in burning your calories.


Can I Drink Coffee With Milk?

Coffee lovers may take coffee with or without milk according to their mind’s instructions. Intake of coffee aids in releasing a specific substance called polyphenols. These polyphenols are antioxidants and reduce the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart diseases. However, some studies show that adding milk to your coffee does not reduce the effect of polyphenols. In addition, you can add milk to your coffee to improve your sleep during the night, prevent esophageal (food pipe) cancer, and control acidity. If you plan to lose weight, it is advised not to add milk to the coffee.


Which Is Better, Tea or Coffee?

Tea and coffee are beverages consumed daily by people worldwide to attain specific mental effects. Tea makes you feel relaxed, while the coffee keeps you brisk and focused. Both tea and coffee contain antioxidant properties that help in decreasing the risk of cancer, heart diseases, etc. Mainly green tea is found to have more antioxidants. A few studies show that drinking coffee reduces colon cancer recurrence, while drinking tea may prevent breast and prostate cancer. However, too much of anything may cause harmful effects. So, it is better to consume one or two cups per day.


Does Drinking Coffee Cause Negative Effects?

It is hard for someone who loves coffee to know its harmful effects. But, several studies prove the following bad effects of drinking excess coffee:
- It causes anxiety.
- It increases blood pressure.
- If you consume it in the evening, you have to face sleepless nights.
Third, it affects the baby in the womb if consumed more during pregnancy.
- Finally, extra add-on’s to your coffee like excess sugar, and whipped cream may make your coffee unhealthy.


Is Coffee Good for Men’s Sperm?

The love for coffee remains the same for both men and women. However, some false beliefs like drinking coffee may decrease the sperm count in males. But, the fact is that drinking coffee does not affect men’s sperm. Several studies prove that caffeine found in coffee and tea may not impact male fertility. For the proper fertility to occur, the male’s sperm must move fast and reach the women’s reproductive system and fertilize the egg. Infertility may occur in a few due to decreased sperm motility. In addition, some studies show that drinking six to seven cups of coffee per day has increased sperm mobility and thus has a good impact on fertility.


Which Type of Coffee Has Good Effects?

Certain types of coffee and their drinking method may decrease its harmful effects, and those include:
- Prefer hot coffee rather than cold as the antioxidants (polyphenols) are high in hot coffee. However, if you have acidity issues, consuming cold coffee is better.
- Black coffee - Studies show black coffee contains fewer calories and high nutrients (potassium and sodium) that have sound effects.
- Avoid adding more sugar cubes and dairy additives to your coffee, as it may increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, etc.
- Filter coffee traps certain substances that increase the cholesterol levels in the body; therefore, you can avoid filter coffee.


Can I Drink Coffee Every Day?

When consumed in moderate amounts (2 to 4 cups) per day, coffee may cause fewer side effects, and overconsumption may increase blood pressure, anxiety, and heart disease and affect the fetus in the mother’s womb. If you want to consume daily, make sure you follow these:
- Avoid adding excess sugar to your coffee.
- Restrict the amount of milk if you plan to lose weight.
- Add milk to your coffee to decrease acidity issues, prevent esophageal cancer, and sleep peacefully at night.


Can I Drink Black Coffee?

Yes, several studies show that consuming moderate amounts of black coffee has reduced the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The other benefits of black coffee are listed down:
- It boosts your memory.
- It has a diuretic effect and thus cleans your stomach.
- It prevents you from cancer.
- It improves liver health.

Last reviewed at:
28 Apr 2022  -  4 min read




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