In a report released by the European Society of Cardiology, those who applied a filter before taking coffee drastically decreased their likelihood of experiencing cardiac incidences, including heart attack-related deaths.
10. Trigger heartburn.
Caffeinated drinks and products cause acidity and heartburn. When you drink caffeine, the muscle at the end of the oesophagus relaxes and allows food and stomach acid to come back up, a condition called acid reflux. That causes a burning feeling in your chest, known as heartburn. You can avoid this by using coffee beans that have undergone a steam treatment prior to roasting, which makes your coffee more stomach-friendly.
11. Increase pregnancy issues.
If you are a coffee lover, but currently pregnant then you need to sacrifice your coffee for a few months. Rob van Dam, an epidemiologist at Harvard University said in an interview with Today that caffeine intake may be detrimental to the fetus because the fetus can’t metabolize caffeine or make it dissolve from the bloodstream. It may lead to miscarriage and developmental issues in the newborn.
So, pregnant women consuming more than recomneded 200 mg of caffeine per day, can lower the nutrition for the fetus as well as negatively impact its health. Even though there is no conclusive evidence, it is best for pregnant women to limit their coffee intake.
12. Increase caffeine in the bones.
The all-natural caffeine in coffee boosts physical performance, especially during aerobic or endurance exercises. You will feel a decrease in fatigue and pain. However, excess coffee consumption may increase the risk of osteoporosis because caffeine prevents calcium absorption in the bones.
According to Witherspoon, the recommended caffeine intake amount is 2-6 milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of body weight (1kg = 2.2lbs), which is 1 to 4 (8 oz.) cups of regular brewed coffee for someone weighing 150 pounds.
Coffee can benefit you whether you are doing prolonged and short-term workouts, but with caffeine addiction – as you get older, your bones may break easily.
13. Increase urination.
More the coffee consumption, more the urge to urinate. Caffeine has a diuretic effect, and excess consumption increases the blood flow to the kidneys and at the same time reduces the absorption of water and sodium. Also, caffeine irritates the tissues of the bladder and potentially
cause an involuntary bladder contraction. Excess caffeine not only causes bladder instability but worsens the health of those already experiencing bladder problems.
14. Lower risk of developing oral cancer.
Coffee offers you antioxidants and those drink black coffee (four or more 8-ounce cups per day) can actually decrease their chances of developing oral and throat cancer. A U.S based study revealed adults who drink more than four cups of caffeinated coffee every day had a 49% lower relative risk of dying from mouth and throat cancer than those who reported drinking no or occasional caffeinated coffee.
15. Cause rapid heartbeat.
Excess caffeine increases blood pressure, an effect attributed to rising in adrenaline or temporary block on the hormones that naturally widen arteries causing heart palpitations. For people with irregular heart rhythm, caffeine makes your heart work harder. Caffeine overdose can also result in death due to convulsions or irregular heartbeat.
16. Increase fertility issues.
Some women who consume more than the recommended amount of coffee per day experienced difficulties getting pregnant. People with fatigue show high consumption of caffeine. Fatigue could signal an underlying disease or health condition that does harm fertility, like endometriosis or even depression. It’s better to opt for decaffeinated or half-caffeinated coffee,
17. Increase muscle aches.
As discussed earlier consuming caffeine in large amounts may interfere with absorption and metabolism of calcium, which leads to thinning of bone and causes muscles to twitch. Caffeine prevents receptors in the brain from dilating blood vessels that leads to pain in different body parts. Hence, people experiencing caffeine withdrawal, have increased muscle aches. Achy muscle makes it hard for protein to break down – which can lead to further muscle pain and weakness, as per study published in “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in 2006.
18. May help you lose weight.
According to a 2020 study by Harvard public health researchers, having four cups of caffeinated coffee per day led to a 4% decrease in body fat. This is because coffee increases the metabolic rate, which increases the number of calories burned. As per Dr Steven Reisman, coffee improves your physical performance in aerobic exercise and helps your body absorb and burn fatty acids in the bloodstream.
However, if you solely depend on excess coffee consumption for weight loss, you may have to face negative health consequences. Besides coffee, you must focus on eating a balanced diet, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight. Also, remember that having coffee with cream and sugar, adds to fat and calories, which can contribute to weight gain.
19. Caffeine overdose results in diarrhea.
Caffeine itself also seems to stimulate bowel movements by increasing peristalsis, the contractions that cause movement of food through your digestive tract. So, a large dose of coffee leads to loose stools or even diarrhea in some people. Also, too much caffeine can interfere with sleep, trigger migraines, which in turn aggravate digestive problems.
20. Help you live longer.
Do you know that drinking coffee every day means you are 15% more likely to live longer? An epidemiological analysis published in Circulation 2015 has provided evidence in this regard.
According to Beth Witherspoon, registered dietitian consultant for Community Coffee Company, a daily intake of 3-5 cups of coffee may be linked to decreased mortality from all causes, reduced risk of developing liver cirrhosis, and certain cancers, including liver and endometrium. Researchers have found how older adults who consumed four or more cups of coffee per day had 20 per cent lower risk of developing malignant skin cancer.
So, coffee is also called a “miracle drug” that keep diseases away. However, please note that health experts recommend black caffeinated coffee to make most of the antioxidants and better reap health benefits.
With high levels of flavonoids, lignans, polyphenols, and phytochemicals, coffee can increase energy expenditure, inhibit cellular damage, regulate genes involved in DNA repair, have anti-inflammatory properties and/or inhibit metastasis, among other activities, as explained by Susan Gapstur, PhD, and Marjorie McCullough, ScD to The American Cancer Society in an interview.
Now that you’re well aware of all the pros and cons of drinking coffee everyday, you must be wondering, how much coffee you should be drinking everyday?
Safe daily value
Well, based on the vast literature available on coffee consumption and health effects, the safe daily value as recommended by most medical professionals is 400 milligrams (mg) for healthy adults. Federal dietary guidelines equate this to roughly three to five eight-ounce cups of coffee per day. You can derive the following nutrients from a single serving-
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2): 11% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI).
- Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5): 6% of the RDI.
- Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI.
- Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3): 2% of the RDI.
If you want to ensure best health outcomes, make sure to use filter when brewing coffee. And if you have a medical condition and want to drink coffee everyday, it’s better to discuss with your doctor.