We know that coffee is an instant pick-me-up:  it increases your energy levels, decrease fatigue, enhances physical performance, makes you more alert, quickens your actions, helps you to concentrate and enhances your short term memory.  Research has shown that coffee may have long term health benefits too:  the antioxidants in coffee may protect you against cancer, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, heart disease and stroke.  Okay….Espresso anyone?

 

But, how much is too much?

 

This varies from one person to another, because some people can tolerate higher caffeine levels than others.

A good rule is to have no more than 4 cups of coffee per day.

 

So is it healthier to drink coffee without milk?

 

Not necessarily.  If you don’t consume more than 2 to 3 portions of dairy per day, a dash of milk in your coffee is a good way to get your daily dose of calcium.  In fact, most people consume a substantial amount of their daily calcium and milk with their coffee.

But can too much coffee damage my heath?

 

Coffee definitely is not as bad as we once thought.  But you must be cautious:  too much coffee can make you restless, irritable and anxious.

Coffee can also aggravate migraines, ulcers and osteoporosis in people affected by these conditions.

A moderate coffee intake of 4 cups a day, won’t cause health problems in healthy adults.

 

Is filter coffee made from freshly ground beans healthier than Chicory or instant coffee?

 

Yes.  In most instances, the less processed food is, the more nutritious it is for you.

But instant coffee is also an option and it contains the nutrients found in filter coffees.

 

Yeah!  So keep those coffee dates going ladies!