ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What’s in Your Coffee: The Perks and The Downsides

Updated on June 28, 2020

My father has been a coffee lover ever since I can remember. Every morning when he wakes up, he would go straight to the kitchen, heat water, get his favorite mug, and that giant red Folgers jar.

He would sit in our living room, drinking his steaming hot cup of coffee while watching the morning news. For some reason, I wasn’t able to inherit his love of coffee.

Many people cannot live without their daily dose of caffeine. For them, drinking a hot cup of coffee or tea gets them through the day. Inviting someone at a nearby coffee shop can be a good excuse to relax and have a chit-chat over a cup of coffee or tea. Also, who cannot resist a steaming hot cup of coffee or tea especially on a cold day?

Apparently, coffee does more than keeping you on your toes. There are also many ways to enjoy your coffee. Some like lattes, while others like it plain without milk and sugar. Nonetheless, these people are the ones who cannot live without coffee.

So, what’s in a cup of coffee? What does it good for our health? Are there any alarming risks involved in drinking coffee?

Perks of drinking coffee

A study by the National Coffee Association reveals that two-thirds of American adults drink coffee daily. Many studies have focused on coffee, its caffeine content, and how it affects our well-being. Here are some known benefits of drinking coffee.

1. Coffee can stimulate our bodies in different ways.

Most people claim that starting their day with coffee keeps them alert. Likewise, it also helps relieve drowsiness and fatigue.

Like Popeye and his favorite spinach, coffee serves as a power source among coffee lovers. That is why many would prefer drinking coffee or tea after lunch, or when they are working on a night shift.

2. It can boost up your mood.

Many studies have also revealed that coffee not only can help in alertness but also boost your mood. According to these studies, caffeine helps release natural stimulants in your brain. A couple of studies have also revealed a link between drinking coffee and a lower risk of depression.

3. It is a good way to improve your social skills.

Coffee breaks are one of the most looked-forward times of the day. There's something about a hot cup of coffee and a good company that makes one's day complete.

Caffeine’s dark side

By the way, coffee and tea are not the only caffeine-laden beverages in the world. Sodas, chocolate, energy drinks, and even weight loss supplements have it. But in the meantime, we are focusing on coffee since it is the most popular caffeinated drink around.

As they would say, “Too much of everything is bad.” This is also the same case in coffee. Being too overenthusiastic with your coffee can cause negative effects on our brain. So, how do you know if too much coffee is already too much?

According to experts, around four cups of coffee daily is safe for most adults. That is equal to about 400 milligrams of caffeine per day. More than 500 milligrams of caffeine, and that’s where the problem starts.

Too much caffeine intake can lead to headaches, dehydration, muscle tremors, arrhythmia, upset stomach, and increased anxiety levels. Non-coffee drinkers can be more sensitive, which can make the above symptoms worse.

Aside from that, too much caffeine can deprive you of quality sleep. Even if you drink coffee to jolt you awake, its effects can keep you up until bedtime. In effect, you might feel irritable due to a lack of sleep.

In case you don’t know yet, caffeine is actually a drug. In fact, a 1991 issue of The New York Times tagged it as “America’s favorite drug”. Caffeine is technically classified as a psychoactive drug. No wonder you can feel that feeling of “high” when you drink a cup of coffee, tea, or any other caffeine-laden drinks.

Quitting your coffee habits cold turkey can cause caffeine withdrawal symptoms.

But these symptoms can be only temporary and generally not that severe, according to the World Health Organization. Nonetheless, too much caffeine can cause health problems which can even lead to death.

Cutting back on caffeine

“Coffee addicts” can learn how to cut back on their caffeine intake, albeit challenging. There is no need to shut yourself off from caffeine in an instant. It can take time, but you will get there eventually.

One thing you can do is to be wary of how much caffeine you get from your food or drinks. Remember that caffeine not only is present in coffee and tea but also in other food products. Make it a habit to check product labels where you can see what goes into your body.

If you’re a heavy coffee drinker during the day, try lessening your consumption. For example, if you are used to drinking about four cups a day, try drinking less than that. From there, you can lessen it as the day goes by. You can also try drinking decaffeinated beverages. They usually taste the same minus the caffeine.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Giselle R


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)