For many, coffee is more than just a beverage: it enhances their way of life. Whether it’s conversation over a cup or staying functional through the work day, get to know what your coffee ritual means health-wise.


Coffee seems to be a point of confusion for a lot of people.  People often have a tendency to make statements of how they drink coffee everyday with the added disclaimer: “I know that’s bad.

But is it really?

If you’re drinking a pot or more of coffee a day, then that is probably too much.  Of course, the rule of thumb is that any food in high quantities isn’t great for you.

But, in moderation, coffee can actually provide a number of health benefits because it contains many different antioxidants.  Coffee has also been linked to a longer life expectancy and improved:

Studies have also shown that coffee may help with mental clarity, with some research suggesting coffee may decrease the risk of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, although more studies are still needed.

So how much is too much?

Most recommendations for coffee intake give a range of 3-5 cups per day. The caffeine in each cup of coffee varies, but it’s usually between 90-100 mg per cup. Caffeine intake over 500 mg per day can start to cause negative health effects, including:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia

Some people who are sensitive to caffeine may notice those effects after just one cup. If you have a heart condition, talk with your doctor about whether coffee intake is safe for you since caffeine can increase heart rate, blood pressure, and interact with some medications.

What impact does coffee have on weight loss?

The caffeine in coffee is a diuretic and can also cause appetite suppression, which is why some people believe that drinking coffee can aid in weight loss.

Coffee itself is fairly low in calories, but that all changes when you add creamers, sugars, or butter (like those who love to put in their Bulletproof Coffee). However, that doesn’t mean you can’t add those extra flavors to your morning cup of joe; just recognize that that what you add and drink in your coffee will increase your daily calorie intake if you are trying to manage your weight. 

So, as with most things, enjoy in moderation!

And the most important thing to remember: a cup of coffee is not a substitute for a good night’s sleep! Don’t abuse it for the sake of staying awake, and get some rest if that is what your body is telling you to do.

Adapted from the original article.

Taryn Schubert, RD is a Los Angeles-based Registered Dietitian and NASM Certified Personal Trainer helping people create healthy diets that fit their lifestyle. With her specialty in adult weight management and mindful eating, Taryn believes food should be a source of joy and nourishment, not “good” or “bad” in the way society perpetuates. Visit Taryn and begin creating your healthier relationship with food.