Coffee — Good or Bad?

The health effects of coffee are controversial.

Despite what you may have heard, there are plenty of good things to be said about coffee.

It’s high in antioxidants and linked to a reduced risk of many diseases.

However, it also contains caffeine, a stimulant that can cause problems in some people and disrupt sleep.

This article takes a detailed look at coffee and its health effects, looking at both the positives and negatives.

Coffee Contains Some Essential Nutrients and Is Extremely High in Antioxidants

Coffee is rich in many of the nutrients naturally found in coffee beans.

A typical 8-ounce (240-ml) cup of coffee contains (1):

  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 11% of the DV
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 6% of the DV
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 2% of the DV
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin): 2% of the DV
  • Folate: 1% of the DV
  • Manganese: 3% of the DV
  • Potassium: 3% of the DV
  • Magnesium: 2% of the DV
  • Phosphorus: 1% of the DV

This may not seem like a lot, but try multiplying it with the number of cups you drink per day — it can add up to a significant portion of your daily nutrient intake.

But coffee really shines in its high content of antioxidants.

In fact, the typical Western diet provides more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and vegetables combined .

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