Coffee – Not as Bad as it’s Cracked up to be

A cup (or two) of coffee is often a part of people’s morning routines. Coffee sometimes gets a bad rap for having too much caffeine, but is it really that bad for you? Nutritional Weight & Wellness tackled some frequently asked questions about coffee. Here’s a recap of the answers.

Regular versus decaf: Regular coffee beans are better for you than decaf beans. That’s because a chemical solvent is often used to remove the caffeine and may leave a residue on the beans.

Organic: Coffee is a highly sprayed crop, which means that the beans contain lots of pesticides that could find their way into your coffee. Organic coffee means fewer pesticides and better growing conditions, so stick with the organic beans.

How much coffee is too much? Many nutritionists recommend no more than two to four cups of coffee per day. But some people are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than others, and could develop insomnia, anxiety, irritability, and stomach problems. If you experience any of these symptoms, try cutting back on the coffee.

Is coffee good for you? Several studies have found that minimal coffee consumption can have positive effects and may reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia later in life. A recent study also showed that women who drink coffee are less likely to be depressed.