Have you ever been told you drink too much coffee throughout the day? Well, how did that make you feel? I bet you rolled your eyes and kept on sipping that coffee and I am proud of you!!
Now let’s educate them vampires, not sure what else to call them, but we will call us coffee drinkers night owls because we are very productive individuals.
Did you know there are nutritional benefits to drinking coffee!!! First let’s get the recommended amount out of the way.
“In the U.S., adults consume an average of 135 mg of caffeine daily, or the amount in 1.5 cups of coffee (1 cup = 8 ounces).  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers 400 milligrams (about 4 cups brewed coffee) a safe amount of caffeine for healthy adults to consume daily. However, pregnant women should limit their caffeine intake to 200 mg a day (about 2 cups brewed coffee), according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists”. (CHAN, 2022)
Would you agree that the cup of coffee you order from that coffee shop that we won’t mention because she is so toxic and green (insert eye roll) is different from the coffee you brew at home yourself?
The difference is the bean that is used, so does the benefits come from the caffeine or the plant compounds in the coffee bean and do you have to consume a certain amount to get those healthy benefits? As humans we are all uniquely different and therefore, we respond to things like caffeine differently, so the amount of caffeine one consumes can vary with everyone. Low to moderate amount of caffeine “(50–300 mg) may cause increased alertness, energy, and ability to concentrate, while higher doses may have negative effects such as anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and increased heart rate.  Still, the cumulative research on coffee points in the direction of a health benefit”. (CHAN, 2022)
Science based evidence suggests that consumption of coffee does not increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancers. So next time the vampire asks you why you are drinking so much coffee tell them to read this article and mind their business. As a matter of fact, consuming 3 to 5 standard cups of coffee daily has been linked to a reduced risk of several chronic diseases. Just ask a nurse what’s in her/his cup.
However, some individuals may not be able to tolerate increased amounts of caffeine due to the following symptoms: “jitteriness, anxiety, and insomnia. Specifically, those who have difficulty controlling their blood pressure may want to moderate their coffee intake. Pregnant women are also advised to aim for less than 200 mg of caffeine daily, the amount in 2 cups of coffee, because caffeine passes through the placenta into the fetus and has been associated with pregnancy loss and low birth weight”. (CHAN, 2022)
It is not necessary to start drinking coffee if you have never had any and if you are a night owl like me and love you some coffee, make sure you are reading the labels of the beans you are purchasing to brew at home.
I brew my coffee at home because I like my coffee strong AF, but really that is the name of the coffee I consume, and it is loaded with all the benefits I need to maintain my health or reduce toxins and increase nutrients. STRONG AF COFFEE
I really want to know your response to people that judge your coffee intake, so let me know and until next time CHEERS!!