Coffee stunts your growth.
All that caffeine is bad for your health.
We know enough about coffee after a multitude of scientific studies to know that these lines that we’ve heard and maybe even used are myths. Those who love coffee have been glad to see that coffee is a healthy part of every morning with benefits like sharpening our thinking and reducing our risk of certain types of cancer.
If coffee is good for us, where did these old wives’ tales originate?
Early studies that accused coffee of having negative effects upon health were not performed in the careful scientific format that modern studies utilize. Therefore, researchers failed to consider the fact that their coffee drinkers might be adding tablespoons of sugar, leading sedentary lifestyles, or eating a poor diet alongside their morning beverage. This failure to include a comprehensive look at all elements that can affect health led to long-held beliefs regarding coffee that simply are not true.
In fact, coffee is the ideal beverage to wake up to.
Calorie free, full of antioxidants, and with enough caffeine to put your mind at top performance, coffee provides a wide range of benefits that researchers are just beginning to truly understand. Some amazing results have determined that moderate coffee drinking can:
- Reduce depression
- Decrease risk of cancer
- Decrease risk of liver disease
- Increase cardiovascular health
- Decrease risk of Parkinson’s disease
- Reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes
If coffee provides these benefits, why to myths persist?
As with the original studies into coffee, other factors intervene. Many people do not drink unaltered coffee. The sugar and fat that are added to some coffee based drinks sends the calorie count well into the hundreds. Also, health benefits are experienced at around 3 cups of coffee each day. More than moderate coffee drinking, can indeed provide one with an excess of caffeine. Like many things, caffeine is good for you, up to a point. Too much can begin to cause problems for those who are sensitive to its effects.
Set aside old coffee myths and enjoy your favorite brew as part of a healthy, well balanced diet.