Friday, June 3, 2011

Coffee: to drink or not to drink?

There are many different opinions when it comes to coffee. Many cannot survive a single day without their Starbucks fix. I myself am one of them. So what's the dish? Can it really be that bad for you?

1) the caffeine in coffee boosts your metabolism 
2) it helps you be more alert and focused
3) it's a diuretic so it helps keep things moving! {good for weight loss}
4) it's super low in calories, if you don't add sugar and cream of course; I recommend adding non fat milk and splenda or truvia
4) it's super yummy :)

1) the high levels of caffeine in coffee increases your heart rate and blood pressure level, so maybe 3 or 4 cups a day ain't such a good idea! I'd stick to 2 at the most.
2) since it's a diuretic, it depletes the body of its needed water amount; so if you don't replenish the body with lots of water, you may gain weight; 64 oz a day of water is needed.
3) numerous lattes throughout the day will result in weight gain, even if you get a Skinny Latte :(, why? Because milk has tons of carbs, resulting in some extra baggage..darn.

So there's the scoop.
Coffee ain't so bad, but everything in moderation of course. And you shouldn't be addicted to anything, so if your one of those people who say "Don't talk to me until I've had my coffee!", you may just want to cut back. 

Be healthy and be happy. 

1 comment:

Caren said...

Thanks Lauren for your breakdown on coffee. You put out a lot of information that a lot of coffee drinkers probably aren't aware of. Having someone in my life with a heart condition his cardiologist told him no more than 2 cups of coffee per day, you had that right on. Congratulations, on you blog looking forward to the next post. Have to finish my coffee

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