From instant coffee and pods to bean-to-cup and filter coffee, there are plenty of different ways to enjoy your favourite brew. But are there any health benefits to drinking coffee? And what are the potential risks of drinking too much? We’ve got everything you need to know below.
Like we mentioned above, coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. It’s the first thing many of us reach for in the morning, and we often enjoy meeting friends for a cup and a chat. But why is it so popular? There could be a range of different reasons.
These could include:
Regardless of why coffee remains so popular, there’s no doubt that this aromatic brew is a staple in most of our kitchen cupboards.
While we might enjoy a cup of coffee for its flavour, there are some reported health benefits to drinking a cup every now and then. Some of these might include:
If you have any specific health concerns, it’s always worth visiting your doctor to discuss your symptoms.
Some other unwanted coffee side effects could include:
Drinking a cup or two of coffee a day is safe for most people, although some studies suggest that up to four cups a day is an acceptable amount too.However, it’s worth considering that other drinks include caffeine (like tea, energy drinks, and soft drinks). Suppose you regularly consume other sources of caffeine. In that case, it could be worth monitoring how many cups of coffee you’re drinking too.21
If you’re concerned about your caffeine intake, there are plenty of caffeine-free coffee substitutes out there. From simple decaf to options like chicory root, you’ll find plenty of alternatives on the supermarket shelves.Shop Coffee & Alternatives
Last updated: 11 February 2021
Author: Donia Hilal, Nutritionist
Donia started her career as a freelance nutritionist, later she joined Nestle as their Market Nutritionist to help support their healthier product range, before joining the team at Holland & Barrett in January 2018. Donia has 6 years experience as a Nutritionist and also works with clients on a one to one basis to support their goals which include weight loss, prenatal and postnatal nutrition and children’s health.Donia has a special interest in; weight management, plant-based nutrition, pregnancy nutrition, special diets and disease risk reduction. Donia's LinkedIn profile