If you’re a coffee drinker, you know that the beverage has a bold and tasty flavor and plays a major role in getting you moving in the morning. But did you know that drinking coffee every day can contribute to your health in other ways?
Many studies have suggested a link between coffee drinking and reduced instances of health problems. It’s important to consider these studies while remembering that correlation does not equal causation—these links do not mean that coffee is the reason for these health benefits, just that certain diseases and conditions are less common in individuals who happen to drink coffee regularly. Here are some examples:
- Type 2 diabetes: Decaffeinated coffee has the same benefit, and that’s that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. This might be because of the antibiotics and nutrients that prevent damage caused by free radicals. It also has minerals that help the body use insulin to control blood sugar.
- Heart disease and stroke: Drinking coffee is associated with lower risks for disruptions in heart rhythm. It also countered risk factors of heart disease and stroke in some studies, possibly because of the reduced type 2 diabetes risk, which can lead to heart disease and stroke.
- Calorie count: If you are watching calories to lose weight, drinking black coffee will yield only seven calories per cup. This is much less when compared to fruit juices or energy drinks. Be aware of the increased calorie count if you add a lot of creamer and sugar to your coffee, though.
- Other decreased risks: Coffee may be linked to reduced risks of developing liver cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, although the reasons are unknown.
It is important to remember that drinking coffee is not necessarily best for everyone, and it’s not a perfect drink. It is a diuretic, so it will send you to the bathroom more often. It also has acids that contribute to heartburn. And pregnant women cannot safely consume caffeine in large amounts.