Disadvantages Of Coffee
The health effects of coffee are controversial. Despite what you may have heard, there are plenty of good things to be said about coffee. It’s high in antioxidants and linked to a reduced risk of many diseases. However, there are some disadvantages of coffee we should know. It also contains caffeine, a stimulant that can cause problems in some people and disrupt sleep.
- Disadvantages Of Coffee
Disadvantages Of Coffee
1. Bad coffee can be toxic
Bad quality coffee can have a lot of impurities in it, which can cause sickness, headache or a general bad feeling. This can happen if your coffee is made from beans that have been over ripped or otherwise ruined. Even one ruined bean can make your cup toxic. If you invest and buy high quality, speciality coffee you don’t have to worry about this.
2. Coffee can kill you
Yes, if you drink 80-100 cups (23 litres) in a short session. This dose is lethal and will amount in 10-13 grams of caffeine within your body. Before you reach this point, however, you’ll be vomiting most of it out since 23 litres of any liquid is a lot. Even drinking 23 litres of water can kill you.
3. Coffee can cause insomnia and restlessness
Again, it’s the caffeine working here. Your recommended maximum amount of caffeine is 400 milligrams, roughly the amount that you’ll get from 4 cups of coffee. If you’re caffeine-sensitive, be careful with coffee. You are probably already aware what amount and what kind of coffee suits, or doesn’t suit you. The amount of caffeine that is safe for human consumption is actually written in our DNA.
4. Don’t drink more than one cup a day if you’re pregnant
Studies on coffee’s effect on a fetus have been controversial, but one thing is sure: if you drink coffee when pregnant, caffeine will also reach the fetus, and your baby is highly sensitive to caffeine. So, if you’re a heavyweight coffee drinker and can’t stop drinking it while pregnant, at least reduce your coffee intake to one cup a day.
5. If you have high cholesterol please choose filtered coffee
Coffee beans contain cafestol and kahweol, two ingredients that appear to raise LDL cholesterol levels. Filtering the coffee traps most of the LDL, but cafestol and kahweol are found in espresso, turkish coffee, french press and scandinavian style “cooked coffee”.
(The intake of LDL from a cup of espresso is still so small, that for people with normal cholesterol levels, won’t be at risk. There are also some studies at preliminary stages of diagnosis that have found marks that cafestol and kahweol may have some beneficial anti-cancer effects, and be good for your liver.)
6. Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugar levels due to resistance to the effects of insulin. This common disease has increased tenfold in a few decades and now affects over 300 million people.
Interestingly, studies show that coffee drinkers may have a 23–67% reduced risk of developing this condition. One review of 18 studies in 457,922 people associated each daily cup of coffee with a 7% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
7. Affect conception, pregnancy and child-birth
For women, drinking too much coffee when pregnant can prove harmful as the fetus is highly susceptible to the effects of caffeine which can be passed into the womb. Ingesting too much caffeine can also heighten the risk of miscarriage when trying to conceive so those trying for a family may need to be careful and monitor their caffeine intake.
With added effects to blood-pressure which can also be increased by over-consumption of coffee it might be an idea to avoid coffee for a time if looking to conceive.
Caffeine can also be passed to babies in breast-milk, so while new breastfeeding mothers might be tempted by coffee to help alleviate sleepiness nights it may be that the coffee is having the wrong effect by being passed to the baby which in turn makes them restless and irritable.
Therefore, according to the above disadvantages of coffee, if you have high cholesterol or you are caffeine sensitive, pregnant or a child (or a parent of one), you should pay attention to coffee drinking.
For others, reasonable amounts (1-6 cups a day) coffee can be good for you. It can prevent serious diseases, boost your mind and muscles, and even help you with weight loss. Remember, as long as you drink toxin free, speciality coffee and brew it with care, you can and should be enjoying it knowing it’s good for you. If you took the time to read this whole article (thank you!), please share it so your friends will get it right, too.
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