Coffee-Benefits Nutritional Facts And Side Effects

Coffee is a most popular world’s brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species. Once ripe, coffee berries are picked, processed, and dried. Dried coffee seeds are roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor. This article tells you about the nutritional facts, health benefits and side effects of coffee. There are different types of coffee seeds and coffee’s expanded found around the world (ex: espresso, French press, caffe latte). It is usually served hot, although iced coffee is a popular alternative.

Coffee can improve energy levels and make you smarter. It can help people feel less tired and increase energy level, because coffee contains a stimulant called caffeine, the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. After drinking a coffee the caffeine is absorbed into bloodstream and travels to the brain. It improves the brain function. Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in your brain, which causes a stimulant effect.


The nutrients and other ingredients in coffee can benefit the human body in various ways.

  • Coffee may help protect against type 2 diabetes
  • May help you live longer
  • Protects against parkinson’s disease
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Helps you fight against depression and make you happier
  • Lowers the risk of cancers specially liver cancer
  • Protect you from alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Reduces the risk of liver diseases
  • Helps you burn fat
  • Lowers the risk of developing gallstones. 

Coffee drinkers are less likely to get many diseases, it makes sense that coffee could help you live longer. It contains high level of antioxidants. Coffee is rich in powerful antioxidants, and many people get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and veggies combined. Coffee may cause mild increases in blood pressure, which usually diminish over time. Coffee drinkers do not have an increased risk of heart disease and have a slightly lower risk of stroke. Caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat-burning supplement. 

Nutritional Facts

Coffee contains a number of useful nutrients like riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, potassium and various phenolic compounds or antioxidants. Regular black coffee i.e., without milk or cream is low in calories. But, a typical cup of black coffee contains only around 2 calories. Adding cream or sugar will increase the calorific value.

Antioxidants can help rid the body of free radicals, a type of waste product that the body naturally produces as a result of certain processes. Free radicals are toxic and may cause inflammation. Basing on some studies scientists have found links between inflammation and various aspects of metabolic syndrome, including type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Side Effects

Coffee is safe for most healthy adults when consumed in moderate amounts i.e., 4 cups per day. Consuming more than 4 cups per is likely to be unsafe. Drinking unfiltered coffee can increase total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and levels of another type of blood fat called triglycerides. This might increase the risk of developing heart disease. Using coffee filters helps to reduce these effects on cholesterol.

Coffee containing caffeine can cause insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach upset, nausea and vomiting, increased heart and breathing rate and other side effects. Drinking large amounts of caffeinated coffee might cause headache, anxiety, agitation, ringing in the ears and irregular heartbeats.  According to some studies there is some concern that drinking coffee might increase the risk of some types of cancers. However, there is no good evidence that coffee increases the risk of any type of cancer. 

Caffeinated coffee is safe for pregnancy i.e., 3 cups per day or less. Consuming larger amounts during pregnancy or when breastfeeding is Unsafe. Drinking more than 3 cups per day during pregnancy has an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth and low birth weight.