Black coffee has always been black-listed by many who feel it is a not a healthy beverage. Umpteen number of articles on the Internet point out its cons rather than focusing on the benefits.
You must know that it has plenty health benefits if you drink it in moderation. At the same time, you will start drinking cups and cups daily and eat less food (because it is appetite suppressant)-it will prove quite harmful for your health.
Out of its numerous health benefits, I will list the top 5 here; then you can decide whether it is really harmful/bad for health.
Top Black Coffee Benefits #1: Instant energy booster & brain tonic
Containing caffeine, it is an instant energy booster, especially as pre-workout drink or a drink taken when you feel tired and drained. A psychoactive substance, caffeine enters your bloodstream (when you drink coffee) and moves to your brain. In the brain, it blocks ‘adenosine’, the inhibitory neurotransmitter; thereafter, ‘dopamine’ and ‘norepinephrine’-other neurotransmitters-increases and the neurons get fired. As a result, not only boosting energy, it also helps protect against vigilance, mood swings, bad memory and other brain functions – it induces a stimulant effect.
It is known to lower risks of dementia, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and takes good care of depression.
Top Black Coffee Benefits #2: Contains essential nutrients
When you drink black coffee, say 4 times a day, you get good doses of essential nutrients – 1 cup of black coffee has about 6% vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), 11% vitamin B2 (riboflavin), 2% vitamin B3 (niacin) and magnesium, and 3% potassium and manganese. As you may know, these nutrients are very good for health.
Top Black Coffee Benefits #3: Packed with antioxidants
Known to be packed with antioxidants than any vegetable and fruit could give you, it does not in any way mean you are going to live on black coffee throughout the day! The antioxidants are excellent metabolism boosters, especially when your metabolism is at a lower level.
Top Black Coffee Benefits #4: Helps protect from liver cirrhosis
If you drink black coffee in moderation – 4 to 5 cups a day – it helps you protect liver against developing cirrhosis. Not only cirrhosis, it has protective effects on fatty liver, hepatitis and other liver-related diseases.
Top Black Coffee Benefits #5: Burns fat!
Caffeine helps in burning fat! Yes, it is true. It is one of the major ingredients used in fat burning supplements. As you may know, caffeine boosts metabolism by about 10%; in turn, it helps in burning fat by 28 to 29% in people who are lean and by 10 to 11% in people who are obese or moving towards obesity.
This again does not mean you are going to drown yourself in it! Drink in moderation – 4 to 5 cups a day starting from early morning till 6.30 pm/7 pm. Not after 7 pm because then, caffeine would disrupt your sleep.
Other benefits include lowering risks of developing type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer-mainly colorectal and liver cancers; it also reduces risks of stroke, keeps the heart healthy and improves physical activities.
So, if you want to derive health benefits (mainly weight loss) from coffee, then this is the beverage. White coffee (with milk/cream and/or sugar) will negate all the health benefits of coffee.