Are There Healthy Benefits in Coffee? What You Probably Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

Throughout the past several decades there has been so much controversy over whether or not coffee is good for you that scientists have actually studied the effect it has on the human body.  Anyone born after the 1980’s probably already knows that coffee can actually be good for you but in their mother’s day, coffee was thought to cause a number of illnesses including even breast cancer. Many of these myths have been debunked within the past several years and now people are finally able to enjoy their cup of java with unadulterated pleasure.

Death by Coffee

All around the globe there is a decadent dessert usually called “Death by Chocolate.” For the chocoholics in the world there is no such thing. The same holds true for the connoisseur of coffee and recent studies have proven that there is really no such thing as an overdose of coffee. Well, unless you can down at least 100 cups in a day there isn’t a possibility of overdosing. However, anyone with heart disease might be well advised to speak with their doctor before drinking more than a cup or two a day of this beloved beverage. Caffeine is a great pick-me-upper but if you are already prone to stress, too much of a good thing might prove lethal.

Beware the Decaffeinated Myth

One of the biggest myths about coffee is that decaffeinated coffee is healthier. Rubbish! Most people aren’t aware of the fact that most coffee processing companies use chemicals to extract the caffeine from the coffee beans and those chemicals are more dangerous than the caffeine could ever dream of being. (Does caffeine dream? The jury is still out on that one!) It is actually healthier to drink just one cup of coffee early in the day than it is to subject your body to harsh chemicals. Even so, there are some producers who use a water extraction process, which is not unhealthy unless you are trying to stay awake on a long road trip. That too can prove to be fatal.

French Roast vs. Mild Roasts

Another common misconception is that French Roast (dark roasts) coffee has more caffeine in it so if you are trying to avoid nervous jitters it is better to drink a mild roast. This is exactly opposite to the truth. Why do you think they call mild roasts Breakfast Blend? That’s right – because it has more caffeine for that early morning jolt of energy. In actuality, it is all in the roasting process. Dark roasts are ‘baked’ longer which breaks down the caffeine. Therefore, the lighter the roast, the more caffeine will remain in the bean. Elementary my dear Watson!

To sum it all up then, coffee isn’t the demon you grew up thinking it was. A good cup of coffee can actually be good for you as it is filled with antioxidants. Perhaps this is why coffee clears up brain fog and why peace officers recommend a good cup of coffee after drinking one too many at the local pub. In any event, don’t be afraid to enjoy a good cup of coffee. A little extra energy might be just what you need.

Laura writes for healthycoffeecentral.com, a popular coffee website that discusses the benefits of Organo Gold coffee.  

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2 Comments

  • Daniel December 31, 2012 06.59 am

    Thank you for sharing Laura. They’re always will be a myth to blame a popular product as the cause of a mortal diseases. It’s good to know that coffee isn’t that bad. Although everything in excess can be bad either is coffee, soda, or your favorite meal, taking it excessively can be harmful. For example, I used to drink a lot of coffee and diet coke while I worked on night shifts. Believe me it was far more harmful the fact that I was not resting properly that drinking all that stuff.

    The key is always to keep a balance.

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  • Jason January 11, 2013 01.43 am

    Coffee is definitely one of those things that many people can’t live without!

    Even those that I know to follow a strict healthy diet always make room for their morning coffee. While coffee isn’t perhaps as “healthy” as tea, I think it does have lots of its own benefits and it’s something that could definitely be used as part of a healthy diet.

    I’m more of a tea drinker myself though! Green tea for the win! 🙂

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