Do you start your day with a cup coffee? Good work, because coffee appears to be incredibly healthy. Numerous scientific studies have shown that coffee can protect you against various serious diseases, boosts your fat burning system and even protects your body against hazardous substances. That is a good start to the day!

Many of the health benefits of coffee have been attributed to the caffeine that it naturally contains. But the same caffeine that makes your body and mind healthier can have a negative effect on your health in the event of an overdose.

This article contains everything you need to know about coffee. We start with an explanation about which coffee is the healthiest, how much coffee you can safely drink and what the healthiest method of making coffee is. Then you can figure out how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee and what are the health benefits in the short and long term. We conclude this article with the possible dangers of too much coffee, and under which circumstances you should limit your coffee intake.

What type of coffee is the healthiest?

The healthiest coffee is black coffee without sugar, sweetener or milk. Cappuccinos, latte macciatos and all other coffee varieties with milk and sugar may taste good, but they are not much healthy! Milk and sugar provide extra calories. In addition, sugar stimulates fat storage and coffee with milk contains many unhealthy, saturated fats. Sweets are not a healthy substitute for sugar.

Do you really not like black coffee? Then add a pinch of pure stevia or a little coconut blossom sugar to make your coffee sweeter. You can use a dash of unsweetened almond milk to replace milk.

How much coffee can I have per day?

The short answer: it is recommended not to drink more than 4 cups per day. Only there are some snags in this short answer.
How many cups of coffee per day you can drink safely depends on how much caffeine is in a cup of coffee? There are few other several factors:

  • The size of your cup of coffee
  • Your age
  • Whether you are pregnant and / or breastfeeding or not
  • The way the coffee is made

The health benefits of coffee

Both the coffee itself and the caffeine in the coffee provide an enormous number of health benefits. Drinking coffee has advantages in the short and long term.

Short-term benefits

  • Increases your metabolism
  • This means you burn more calories and therefore lose weight faster
  • Makes you energetic
  • Contains good nutrients

Long-term benefits

  • Protects you against cancer
  • Thanks to the enormous amount of antioxidants it contains
  • Let you live longer
  • Protects you against type II diabetes
  • Protects you against heart disease and bleeding
  • Protects against dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
  • Can prevent depression

Too much caffeine may cause:

If you consume too much caffeine per day, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Nervous and rushed feeling
  • Insomnia
  • Palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Belly fat
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Shaking hands
  • Dizziness
  • Whistling ears
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