August 23, 2017

Note: this post has been updated in December 2022.

Though opinions may differ, it's generally recognized that coffee can be a healthy part of a balanced diet. Recent research indicates that moderate intakes of caffeine can have beneficial effects on mental health and physical performance.

What is Coffee?

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species. When coffee berries turn green to bright red – indicating ripeness – they are picked, processed, and dried. Dried coffee seeds are roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor. Roasted beans are ground and then brewed with near-boiling water to produce the beverage known as coffee. - via Coffee From Wikipedia. The question we are looking at "is Is coffee healthy to drink," and I will provide some pros and cons so you can come to your own decision.

History of coffee

The folks over at Page One Coffee have recently put together an article that is an extensive guide on The History of Coffee. The report is full of great information on the subject and a fascinating read which provides lots of interesting tidbits on coffee. Another great source I found is The Ultimate Guide To the History Coffee, which covers the history differently as the entire blog is dedicated to coffee and coffee drinkers

Do you drink coffee?

The National Coffee Association produced a study this year and found that 64% of Americans drink coffee. Furthermore, 79% of people drinking coffee within the past day brewed coffee at home, compared to 75% in 2017 and 84% in 2012. It seems as though more people are starting to make their coffee at home instead of going and purchasing it at a coffee shop (sorry Starbucks, but people are beginning to opt for being their baristas at home). - via Coffee Statistics 2020 U.S.

Interesting News

I have some interesting good news for you. The opinions have changed over the years, and it seems that most all health professionals agree that coffee may be suitable for your health. However, several concerns here. I don't want to burst your bubble when you drink your 20-ounce latte with whole milk, a sweetener, and added favors. That is not what is met by sipping a cup of coffee that is healthy for you.

The latte below looks appealing and has a great taste (vanilla spice latte); however, it may not be a healthy coffee choice!

The cup of coffee below, looks great and has a great taste, and is a healthy choice!

Is coffee healthy to drink

More views on Coffee

Dr. Mercola has had a change of position on coffee, see below.

It's beginning to look like coffee may have many unrecognized health-promoting properties, at least in moderation. As a result of the rather impressive list of therapeutic benefits, I've changed my recommendations about coffee. Mounting Evidence Suggests Coffee May Have Therapeutic Health Benefits. - via  Mounting Evidence Suggests Coffee May Actually Have Therapeutic Health Benefits

Is coffee good or bad for me?

Coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills — from stunting your growth to claims that it causes heart disease and cancer. But recent research indicates that coffee may not be so bad after all. So which is it — good or bad? The best answer may be that for most people the health benefits outweigh the risks. - via  Is coffee good or bad for me?
Until recently, you wouldn’t have expected to see coffee listed as a health food. For decades, we’ve been advised to drink less of it. But now, it turns out, that advice may have been wrong.  In fact,there’s a lot of evidence that coffee brings a stunning array of health benefits(though it’s definitely not for everyone). Surprising Reasons Why Coffee May Be A Health Food.  - via The Surprising Inflammation and Aging Benefits of Caffeine

What to do with Coffee grounds

I think most people dump the coffee grounds into the trash and it ends up in the land fill. Coffee grounds can make good compost material.  Coffee grounds can be a very useful organic material. But composting them is only a good idea with certain caveats. Elizabeth Waddington has written an article on the proper way to compost coffee grounds called Composting With Coffee Grounds – The Ultimate Guide

Time to Take Action

Whether you’re already a convert and just want a dietary reboot, or you’re trying a plant-based diet for the first time The Forks Over Knives Plan makes it easier than ever to transition to this healthiest way of eating…and to maintain it for life. Below are other great resources that will help you get on the right track.

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Do you agree or disagree that coffee may be good for you? How would you answer the question is coffee healthy? The key here is a cup of black coffee, no sugar or cream! What changes — for better or worse — have you experienced if you’ve tried drinking good healthy coffee?

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