There have been a couple of articles in the press recently about the health benefits of coffee. According to one recent article in the Independent Online (UK Edition), a cup of coffee in the morning can help to boost your metabolism and reduce your appetite, thereby helping you to lose weight.
Sounds too good to be true? Not according to nutritionist Sarah Flowers, who told The Express that coffee lovers who have a cup of their favourite brew first thing in the morning will not only “boost both concentration and energy levels” but also aid weight loss. She went on to say that “Your daily cup of coffee can help boost your metabolic rate, by stimulating thermogenesis, helping you in turn to burn more fat.”
As well as giving your metabolism a kick, coffee also contains a helpful weight loss aid called Chlorogenic acid, which is capable of breaking down fat and slowing carbohydrate absorption.
However, more is not better when it comes to any health benefits of coffee. Our bodies can become immune to the fat burning benefits if we drink too much, so Flowers recommends only one to two cups of coffee a day (and only in the morning) if you want to see the full metabolism-boosting results.
In addition, the weight loss is linked only to black coffee. A small dash of milk is okay, but avoid those overly-milky or sugar-filled frappuccinos – they can be packed with calories which can lead to weight gain and increased insulin levels.
You can read the full article here.
Another recent article in The Independent also touched on the reported health benefits of coffee. Entitled ‘UK Coffee Week 2018: Brits now drinking 95 million cups of coffee a day’ the article reported new figures released by the British Coffee Association (BCA) show that the UK’s coffee consumption has leapt to 95 million cups a day in 2018, which is up by 25 million since 2008.
Part of the research was carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). In their survey of 2,000 adults in the UK.
They found that around 30 per cent of people in the survey didn’t drink any coffee at all, whilst 6 per cent admitted to drinking six cups (or more) each day. The average was around two cups a day.
The survey also showed that 65 per cent of coffee is drunk while at home, with 25 per cent drunk at work or while studying, with the remaining 10 percent enjoyed in bars, cafes, restaurants and, presumably, coffee shops!
Chris Stemman, who is the Executive Director of the BCA, said:
“In the last decade we’ve gone from a country of tea sippers who enjoy the occasional instant coffee, to a nation of seasoned coffee connoisseurs.”
“Coffee consumption has boomed across the UK and with so many choices on offer, both at home and on the high street, this increase is not surprising.”
Another interesting finding was that under 20’s drink the least coffee, while millennials consume an average of 1.3 cups a day and Generation X consume 2.1 cups. It’s the older Baby Boomers and those over the age of 72 who consume the most coffee – an average of 2.2 cups a day.
The article goes on to say that although health concerns often lead to people cutting down on coffee consumption, experts generally agree there is good evidence to show that for most people, between two and four cups of coffee a day can be part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Dr. Sarah Jarvis, Clinical Director of Patient.info stated that although “we’re clearly enjoying coffee more than ever before, it’s still reassuring to know that coffee is one of the most well researched products in the world when it comes to our health” and that “Coffee is associated with certain health benefits such as improving alertness, physical performance levels, decreasing risk of cognitive decline and even reducing risks of some cancers.”
“Of course, there are certain people who should limit their caffeine consumption, including those who are pregnant, but for most of us, we can continue drinking coffee in moderation quite happily.”
You can read the full article here.