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Coffee and health - is coffee healthy?

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September 18, 2023
Is coffee healthy or unhealthy?

In Denmark, we like coffee and we are actually the fourth most coffee-drinking country in the world. Overall, we drink an average of 3-4 cups a day. Both men and women drink coffee, but men drink an average of 1 cup more per day than women.

Most of us know it all too well. It can be hard to start the day without having your morning coffee first. But what about your morning coffee, lunchtime coffee, coffee break and evening coffee? Is it generally unhealthy to drink coffee? And how much is too much? We'll delve a little deeper into this in the following blog post.

Is coffee unhealthy?

Basically, there's no evidence to suggest that moderate amounts of coffee (3-4 cups a day) are unhealthy - in fact, quite the opposite. In fact, moderate coffee consumption has been shown to help reduce mortality and lower the risk of a wide range of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's and various forms of cancer.

At the same time, there is no evidence to suggest that coffee increases the risk of high blood pressure or heart fibrillation. However, people with anxiety, low calcium intake and pregnant women should be careful with the amount they consume.

Everything in moderation

Like so many other things, it's important to take note, coffee has many beneficial effects and can make you feel more alert and energized. Caffeine, the active ingredient in coffee, has a stimulating effect on the brain, making us feel more alert and refreshed. In addition, coffee can have a positive mental effect and provide wellbeing.

But that's why it can also be important not to drink coffee late in the afternoon, especially if you have trouble falling asleep. Caffeine has a half-life of about 5 hours, which means it takes quite a long time for your body to break down the caffeine. Therefore, it can be beneficial to decide on a time to drink your last cup of the day. However, the effects are individual, so it's important to be aware of the effects yourself.

So the next time you reach for your coffee at work, you can do so with a clear conscience. If you also grab a cup to be physically and mentally ready to work out (during or after work), then it's a win-win. But remember, everything in moderation.

Coffee is not unhealthy - but can cause sleep problems if you drink it late in the day