Is coffee healthy advantages and disadvantages

Is coffee healthy?A NASA study caused an uproar because spiders were found to produce bizzare spider webs after consuming coffee, which made even less sense than the spider webs the animals produced after consuming ecstasy, cannabis or other hard drugs. This fact is not surprising, since it is amed that the coffee plant uses caffeine to try to deter predators.

Drugs like ecstasy& Co. are banned, but coffee is not, even though it was on doping lists for some time (it has since been removed from the doping lists). The question therefore arises as to how coffee affects human health.

The advantages and disadvantages of coffee

Now let's look at the arguments for and against coffee:

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Arguments that coffee is healthy

Arguments that coffee is not healthy

The chlorogenic acid contained in coffee has a protective effect on various organs – such as the colon or liver – and can thus prevent cancers of these organs. It has also been found that caffeine has a positive effect on the speed of sperm movement. In addition, caffeine dilates the blood vessels – a property that is good for the heart, but can cause discomfort for people with histamine intolerance.

One fact that clearly suggests that coffee is healthy is that it stimulates digestion, which means that the food pulp – and the toxins and carcinogens in it – stay in the intestine for a shorter period of time, which reduces the risk of colon cancer. Also, coffee has a liver-protective effect, so it protects the liver from cirrhosis and liver cancer. On the other hand, coffee can accumulate in cirrhosis of the liver, if it is already present.

It is also good news that coffee drinkers are less likely to develop Parkinson's disease. This is due to the fact "that caffeine stabilizes the concentration of the neurotransmitter dopamine at certain nerve cells in the brain" (Hebmann-Kosaris 2006: 48).

Does coffee deprive the body of nutrients or vitamins?

Coffee even contains vitamins, namely various B vitamins such as vitamin B2, vitamin B5 and vitamin B6 and especially vitamin B3.

Whether coffee is healthy depends, of course, on the dose: an overdose of caffeine can lead to potassium deficiency (symptoms: exhaustion, muscle problems). A potassium deficiency can be compensated for, for example, by consuming bananas, tomatoes or beet. In addition, after consuming coffee or caffeine in general (e.g. from cola drinks or energy drinks), the excretion of calcium in the urine increases. However, the resulting calcium deficit can be easily compensated by food.

Does coffee have a dehydrating effect?

For a long time, it was thought that coffee dehydrated the body. Caffeine actually has a diuretic effect: Especially shortly after starting to drink, coffee withdraws water from the body. The same effect can also be observed – although not to the same extent – with the use of caffeine tablets. The more recent view is that the amount of coffee can be factored into the fluid balance. However, coffee is not suitable as a substitute for water because of its caffeine content. In addition, people who drink a lot of coffee are still advised to drink an additional glass of water.

Is the amount of toxic acrylamide in coffee a concern?

Acrylamide is formed when foods that are rich in starch and at the same time low in water are heated to more than 120 degrees; thus acrylamide is also formed when coffee beans are roasted. Coffee contains even more acrylamide than fried potatoes, which is a strong argument that coffee is not healthy. For this reason it is advised to keep coffee consumption in moderation.

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