For our usual coffee lovers, a hot aromatic brew is a must in the morning. However, coffee consumption isn’t limited to a particular time of the day. All one needs is a reason or maybe, none at all. From kickstarting your day to reducing the stress from a bad day; leads one to their coffee machines. However, with time, coffee consumption has come under the critical lens of our health wizards who are trying to find the relation between coffee and the possible side effects. Such questions make us wonder that – “Is it bad to drink coffee every day?”
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages and many people enjoy drinking coffee in their free time. Coffee is made by roasting coffee beans and contains a number of nutrients that are claimed to have possible health benefits for the human body. Its popularity can be simply guessed by the number of times you’ve been offered the same, supposedly as GUEST! What’s the usual question asked? Isn’t it – “What would you like to have?” Right? And among the offered drinks, coffee is ALWAYS a possible offer!
However, in recent years, Coffee consumption has now triggered health consciousness among people when some of us started doubting our usual drinking habits. Terming such habits as good or bad. There have been possible speculations and even some researches that have tried to link the problems of cancer and other health diseases to regular coffee consumption. But are these accusations on your favorite coffee true? Stay tuned to know the answer and I promise, YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!
Let’s get to the answer to whether drinking coffee every day is good or bad for your health.
Being one of the most popular beverages all around the world, many surveys have been done so far to check the worldwide consumption of it. It has been identified that at least 62% of Americans drink coffee every day and this consumption has been growing steadily in the past few years. The data accumulated by the National Coffee Association has shown that American youth and the adult population have been increasing their daily consumption of coffee. This increase has been identified as up by 5%. Thus making coffee as a beverage, more popular than ever.
Even though the consumption of coffee is gaining new heights today, it has also been increasingly targeted by heath conscious populus who are increasingly doubting its health benefits. But surprisingly, this is not a new occurrence and its history dates back to 1991. But what happened in 1991? Read more below!
History of Speculation- Times When Coffee Consumption Has Been Criticized
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a detailed report showing the presence of carcinogenic substances in coffee. The agency tried to evaluate and critically test the carcinogenicity for chemicals and complex mixtures that are detrimental to the human body. Various findings were reported in the data that were released which signified the persistence of pancreatic cancer with high consumption of coffee. However, such a relationship between high consumption and a possibility for an increased risk for pancreatic cancer was found to be rather weak and it was specifically mentioned that this could be due to the presence of some BIAS!
IARC also tried to find the relationship between mortality from heart diseases and coffee consumption. However, no evidence of such was found. But rather it was reported that the methods of brewing coffee actually play a major role regarding the presence or absence of some toxic agents in coffee.
The Agency also tried finding the relationship between coffee intake and its impact on pregnancy. It was reported that the maternal intake of coffee during the last trimester leads to the reduced weight of offspring. The overall evaluation in the report mentioned the possibility of coffee being carcinogenic to the human urinary bladder. However, all such findings specifically mentioned the inadequacy of evaluation leading to possible speculations and the questions of “whether if or if not”.
This evaluation of IARC which labeled coffee as a “possible carcinogen” was reevaluated in 2016 and this label was removed. During the sam revaluation, various independent sources were cited which indicated that neither is Coffee carcinogenic and nor does it cause any possible birth defects, whereas it’s a good agent promoting the reduction of the liver, uterine, breast cancers, and all other possible health problems which were earlier speculations.
Cancer Warning? – Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT)
The California law passed in 1986, popularly known as Prop 65 or Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. This law serves as a possible benchmark whereby it is required of large businesses to principally warn their customers regarding contents that are harmful or toxic in their products, especially the cancer-causing toxins. This act which was agreed on by the California voters strengthened people and other non-profit organizations to sue such enterprises who fail to comply with the contents of the law.
By taking this law as a benchmark, CERT filed a lawsuit against huge business enterprises such as Starbucks and other 90 coffee retailers. The reason for the same was that these business houses had failed to warn customers against the cancer-causing toxins present in their coffee. Acrylamide which has been listed as one of the toxins under California law was the major cause of this lawsuit. This chemical is formed during the process of roasting the coffee beans and thus CERT maintained that this was harmful to the clients. Thus requiring the business owners to post a possible warning on coffee regarding them and educating their customers on what they are drinking.
This was a long battle and some of the coffee owners complied with the ruling that made it compulsory to post such warnings. However, the same was regarded a null and void when the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) passed a resolution that these postings weren’t necessary as chemicals released during the preparation or roasting process of coffee do not cause harmful effects and does not pose a possible risk of cancer.
Is It Bad To Drink Coffee Every Day? What Does Science Say?
Numerous researches and detailed studies on coffee consumption indicate that a controlled consumption of coffee, whether caffeinated or decaffeinated, is good for health. Not only this, it is reported that it leads to reduced risks of cardiovascular diseases, breast cancer, uterine cancer, and the sort. But however, attention must be paid to how much caffeine are you consuming in a day. A study by Ang Zhou and Elina Hyppönen has identified that coffee consumption must be done in moderation otherwise it does make one vulnerable to the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Research upon the relationship between regular coffee consumption and mortality by Li and others provided some fascinating conclusions. It was identified that a person whose caffeine intake is one cup a day had a reduction in the risk of death by 3% and those who take 3 cups a day had the same at a higher rate of 13%. Also, another study by P Roderick indicated the reduced possibility of liver cancer for people who consume coffee daily. Cheng has also maintained that coffee intake protects us against Type 2 diabetes. It also helps in reducing the risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease.
But as mentioned earlier, all the findings and researches hab maintained that the coffee intake must be well monitored and should not be consumed in too much quantity. But how much coffee consumption is regarded as too much? It is advisable that a person limits his/her caffeine intake to not more than 3-4 cups a day. More than the required can cause serious implications on the human body in the long run.
Nutrition: Benefits of Coffee Drinking
Coffee contains many nutrients which promote healthy living if taken in moderation. Caffeine present in coffee has various good health benefits but too much caffeine is not advisable. When taken under prescribed limits ranging from 50 to 300mg, it shows various positive effects and increased brain activity is among the few. However, if taken more than what is advisable, it leads to anxiety and jitteriness among many other side effects. Also, coffee is known to have lesser calories when it is taken without milk and cream. It also is rich in antioxidants that help your blood circulation and promote a healthy heart.
Magnesium present in coffee also helps the healthy functioning of the body. This nutrient helps in building proteins and promotes stronger bone density. Additionally, vitamin B12 or Riboflavin present in coffee also assists one to lead a healthy life. Vitamin B12 promotes healthy cell growth and assists in the breakdown of hard fats.
As we all know and have heard several times, everything that is done in moderation is good. Excess of anything leads to adverse effects and more than required coffee consumption also makes one vulnerable to such adverse effects. If taken in moderation, coffee intake is not only good for the healthy functioning of your heart, but it leads to leading a healthy life in general.
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