The Good And Bad Sides To Drinking Coffee
The debate over the “goodness” and “badness” of coffee drinking won’t ever end. So, it behooves us to know the main arguments for drinking and against drinking java everyday.
But first, a few basic facts about coffee. The average eight ounce homemade cup of brewed coffee from ground beans contains about 95 mg of caffeine, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). On the other hand, same size of cup from Starbucks contains a massive 155 mg of caffeine.
As for nutrition, an eight ounce homemade cup contains about 2.4 calories. Broken down, this total consists of:
Some of the health benefits claimed for drinking coffee are stunning. Two comprehensive studies published in the Annals of Medicine in July 2017 actually found drinking coffee seems to promote a longer life. Apparently, drinking more coffee was linked to a lower risk of death among the 700,000 people from different racial backgrounds, cultural and ethnic backgrounds involved in these studies.
The first study looked at non-white populations. It found drinking two to four cups of coffee translated into an 18 percent lower risk of death during the study period compared to non-coffee drinkers. More surprisingly, drinking more coffee seemed to lower the chances of dying from heart disease, stroke, cancer, kidney disease, diabetes and chronic lower respiratory disease.
The second study looked at people from 10 European countries. It found the top coffee drinkers were 25 percent less likely to die during the 16-year-study compared to the non-coffee drinkers.