I am NOT going to take away your sacred coffee*; even I am not that cruel (in most cases). For most people, regular, moderate coffee consumption is not harmful to your health. This is where the * comes in. Some people are sensitive to caffeine and should limit or choose decaf. Too much caffeine can contribute to insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, gastrointestinal issues, and heart rhythm concerns. Pregnant woman and those with blood pressure issues should check with their doctor.
Like all things, I believe coffee is best enjoyed in moderation; the key word in the sentence might be ‘enjoy’, since providing enjoyment is what coffee does best!
I don’t suggest that people can keep drinking coffee simply for the pleasure it brings but also because a spate of recent studies have shown that drinking a couple cups of coffee a day isn’t bad for you. In fact, there’s lots of evidence to show that coffee is actually good:
- Coffee can lower your risk of diabetes
- Coffee can lower your risk of several kinds of cancer
- Coffee can lower your risk of depression
- Coffee can lower your risk of stroke
- Coffee can lower your risk of heart failure
- Caffeine (in the form of coffee) is linked with a delayed onset of Alzheimer’s disease
Additionally, the benefits of coffee can extend beyond what the studies show, to the psychological, societal and cultural benefits of the world’s most popular beverage.
For millions of people, including myself, the morning’s first cup of coffee is a comforting and much-looked-forward-to ritual, one that can make dragging yourself out of bed and commuting to work a little bit more bearable.
The strong, distinct aroma of coffee brings pleasure, which increases dopamine in your brain (which has been correlated with happiness and health). The sight of a coffee shop can often bring a feeling of relief. There’s an element of touch: gripping a hot cup of coffee on a brutal winter’s day, or the chill of a delicious iced coffee. And for true enthusiasts, even the sound of the beans grinding can invoke delight.
Finally, that social element of coffee is unparalleled. Coffee appeals to our sense of serving and being served. Offering someone a cup of coffee and receiving a cup of coffee has become kind of a universal symbol of hospitality
HOWEVER, before you order that extra-large triple latte, keep in mind that more experts agree it is best to limit your intake to one to two cups a day. Also, use common sense – excess sugar, creams and syrups in those fancy coffee drinks are not recommended.