We start our day with it religiously and if not we get extremely irritable. Cranky, headaches, low energy, sounds like withdrawal from any hard drug out there. It's a 70 billion dollar a year business and 2.5 billion cups are consumed every single day...Coffee! There are lots of people who advocate drinking coffee and lots that are strongly against it, so is it good or bad for you?
Studies have shown that coffee can actually keep your brain young by destroying weak or old tissue in the brain and generating new tissue. It can recycle and rejuvenate the brain while staving off diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Coffee has also been shown to do the same thing in muscle tissue by destroying the old damaged tissue and producing new muscle tissue. It can also increase metabolism by up to 20%, meaning you can burn up to 20% more fat while supplementing with coffee. Sounds like a no brainer to add or keep coffee in your daily routine, however these benefits are only seen when it's taken in the correct doses and form.
Unfortunately coffee is rarely consumed in it's organic state; instead we add sugar, cream, syrup and all sorts of other ingredients to make it taste nothing like it actually does. The only way to reap the benefits stated above are to consume freshly ground organic coffee. Meaning you need to grind it yourself right before you drink it due to it's rapid rate of rancidity. It is vital to drink organic coffee because it's one of the most sprayed crops in the world and make sure to keep your coffee beans in the freezer or fridge at all times in order to keep them from spoiling.
Consuming coffee with sugar, cream and syrups will induce insulin (storage hormone) release in your body and can actually make you fatter! Add stevia (natural sweetener) if you want to sweeten up your coffee and if you need milk use a little bit of unflavored rice or almond milk (not pasteurized milk or cream).
Coffee should only be consumed first thing in the morning and/or prior to a workout. Consuming any more than this will result in too much stress on your adrenal glands (releases hormones in response to stress). That third cup of coffee may give you some energy immediately but its going to stress out your body and actually decrease your energy levels on a more permanent basis.
Drink no more than one cup at a time for a maximum of two cups per day. A cup of coffee generally has about 100mg of caffeine and a shot of espresso contains half that. Some of the popular pre-workout drinks these days have up to 300mg of caffeine per serving! If you need a pre-workout drink or an 8-ounce coffee just to get to the gym you need to look at things like your nutritional habits and sleep patterns.
So is coffee good or bad for you? The answer is both. When consumed in the right form it can be amazing for body composition and health but in the wrong form it can be harmful. Black coffee is like beer, no one loves it at first but we can develop a taste for it!
Tip: add a pinch of cinnamon to your ground up coffee beans before you make it for added flavour.