So......Coffee. Good or Bad?
Updated: Feb 18
When I'm talking to people about nutrition, I'm usually asked about coffee. Is it good for you or bad for you?
Short answer, coffee is good for you, if you’re not adding sugar, syrups, flavorings, cream, or cream-like substitutes. If you’re adding any of the above to your brew every morning, coffee is bad for you.
This answer is just scratching the surface of the question, so let’s dig in a bit more. Here’s why it is good for you. Coffee is one of the most abundant sources of antioxidants in the average person's diet. One serving contains beneficial compounds such as chlorogenic acid (protects your mitochondria, lowers inflammation, supports eye health), polyphenols (helps digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases), antioxidants, and caffeine. Coffee also helps raise ketone levels (ketones help burn fat, curb cravings, and power your brain).
Not only that, but the thing that most of you might be excited about is the fact that it helps your metabolism. Caffeine has been shown to boost your metabolic rate, which is the speed you’re your body turns calories into energy. Caffeine also stimulates the central nervous system, heart, and muscles, making it a great pre-workout drink over the ones “health” story varieties filled with terrible ingredients. It can even help you build muscle without exercising!
But of course, getting all this from your coffee isn’t as simple as it seems. The quality of your coffee is what's most important.
Our lovely government, unlike other countries, doesn’t have any control for processing methods or sourcing of the beans. Most beans shipped to the United States are almost always contaminated with mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are compounds created by mold that grows on coffee beans. These mycotoxins cause problems like cardiomyopathy, cancer, hypertension, kidney disease, and even brain damage. Yes, this is a real thing and yes, it is this extreme. Studies have shown that 91.7% of green coffee beans were contaminated with mold. This was done before the beans were processed, which allows for even more mold. 50% of brewed cups of coffee were moldy …ew. Mycotoxins are also what cause your coffee to taste bitter. Coffee should not taste super bitter, it should be smooth and tasty. Other things that coffee SHOULD NOT DO:
-Make you jittery
-Cause an energy crash
-Empty out your entire digestive tract
-Cause joint painCause brain fog
So, now you know why you see contradictions all over the internet about whether coffee is good or bad for you. Scientists often fail to test the quality of the beans when experimenting, leading to the varying results. If you have quality coffee, it is one of the most antioxidant rich drinks you can have and can do a lot of good for you. If you are getting crappy beans (and name brand/cheap coffee can all be moldy, all has to do with the processing, not the price) it is causing a lot of issues for your brain and your body. Your body will let you know whether it is a mold free cup of coffee or not. If it tastes bad and bitter, that is sign number one. Then if any of the SHOULD NOT items listed above happen, it was moldy as well.
As I always tell everyone, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!