Today is International Coffee Day, and being a Melbourne based company, of course we’re celebrating! Coffee is something we take pretty seriously here, and while coffee can sometimes get a bad rap, we think that it’s always a good idea to balance things and look at both sides of the story. So here are 5 reasons why coffee can be good for you as well as our two cents on this controversial drink.
1) IT’S LOADED WITH ANTIOXIDANTS
Coffee is shown to contain very large amounts of several powerful antioxidants including hydroxycinnamic acids & polyphenols, and is one of the highest dietary contributors of antioxidants in the western diet due to the amount we consume compared to other antioxidant-rich foods. 1, 2, 3.
Hydroxycinnamic acids are potent antioxidants that are great at fighting free radicals 4, while the polyphenols in coffee have been shown to help fight a range of diseases 5, 6, 7, fight free radicals, protect your skin from UV radiation, and promote brain health 8.
2) IT’S SHOWN TO AID WITH BURNING FAT & PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE
Coffee contains a range of active ingredients with the main being caffeine. These active ingredients boost metabolic rate and the oxidisation of fatty acids in the body 9, 10, both of which can promote fat burn in the body 11, 12, 13.
3) IT HAS BEEN SHOWN TO REDUCE THE RISK OF SOME DISEASES
This one’s the biggie. A range of studies have linked the consumption of coffee to a (sometimes significant) reduction in the risk of developing a range of diseases including:
- Type 2 diabetes 14, 15, 16, 17
- Liver cirrhosis 18, 19, 20
- Colorectal & live cancer 21, 22
- Heart Disease & stoke 5, 23, 24, 25
- Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s disease 26, 27, 28, 29
There have even been studies showing that consuming coffee may benefit mental health, particularly in relation to depression.
SO WHY THE BAD RAP?
For all the good points about coffee, there are still some negatives linked to coffee, or more specifically, the caffeine that it contains.
Excessive consumption of caffeine has been linked to negative effects such as impaired sleep, anxiety, restlessness, heart palpitations and even impaired fine motor control 30.
OUR TWO CENTS
You probably have an idea of what we’re about to say…. At the end of the day, it’s all about balance!
Often the downfall in coffee comes from excessive consumption. There are three types of excessive consumption we’re talking about here; caffeine contained in the coffee, dairy or non-dairy alternatives thanks to ordering a large flat white every time, or the consumption of discretionary food that can often go hand in hand with an arvo coffee (hellooo cake!). More often than not, it’s not the coffee itself that’s the issue – it’s what goes with it.
Another thing that we always want to remind people of is that the studies that have been completed so far are not definitive on whether coffee is good or bad for your health, and many of the studies done on coffee have been observational in nature rather than controlled.
Last but not least, everyone is different and will have their own preferences and tolerances on coffee and caffeine. There may be circumstances where coffee is not appropriate for some individuals, so it’s always best to listen to your health care professional if they’re advising that you don’t drink it.
There you go! Three reasons why coffee is good for you and the flip side of that. If you’re a coffee drinker, Happy International Coffee Day! What better excuse to celebrate with an espresso martini?!
Let us know what your favourite spot for a coffee is in the comments!