I was scrambling to catch a flight this morning and was sure I would be unable to post anything today for lack of time. As it turns out, I had a whole extra hour in my hand as I had misread the flight timing. It was inevitable that the extra hour would be spent sipping loads of coffee and writing this post. For those who have been following my lifestyle changes, you would be aware that I have been reasonably successful in changing my entire belief system about food. The one thing that I have been completely incapable of changing is my love of coffee. I drink more coffee than I should.

The World Health Organization recently downgraded the risks associated with coffee and its link to cancer. Instead it said that only very hot coffee has the potential to cause cancer.   I hope they are right. If you try and research the impact of coffee on your body you will find a wide variety of articles and references extolling the virtues of how good it is for you and how it is the worlds best freely available psychotropic drug. its potential benefits include reducing the risk of cancer, diabetes, dizziness and delaying parkinson’s. You have to dig deeper to find anything that talks about its potentially harmful effects.

Coffee works by stimulating your central nervous system. Among its potentially harmful effects is increasing your triglycerides and LDL, developing heart diseases, glaucoma, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. Among its more harmful effects is that it dehydrates your body and one cup of coffee is equal to drinking one less glass of water.

The jury is still out on whether its good for you or harmful. As for me, I am yet to initiate the process of ever kicking the habit and am an unlikely candidate to be successful. I like coffee way to much. I just hope its not really harmful.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

2 thoughts on “Coffee

  • August 10, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    nope, not harmful…
    neuroprotective, but off course moderation is the key , again .

    • August 11, 2016 at 12:18 am

      I really hope you are right! 😉

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