Coffee is actually very healthy. It is loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health. The studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases.
Coffee is more than just dark brown water… many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the drink.
A typical 8oz (240 ml) cup of coffee contains:
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 11% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 6% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 2% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 2% of the RDA.
- Folate: 1% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 3% of the RDA.
- Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 2% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 1% of the RDA.
This may not seem like a lot, but try multiplying with 3, 4, or however many cups you drink per day. It can add up to a significant portion of your daily nutrient intake. But where coffee really shines is in its high content of antioxidants. The average person who eats a typical Western diet actually gets more antioxidants from coffee than fruits and vegetables… combined.
There is little doubt that coffee is very beneficial for your body, but you should not drink it on an empty stomach, especially in the morning.
The consumption of a cup of black coffee on an empty stomach leads to the release of hydrochloric acid inside your digestive tract. If you already suffer from gastritis, then you have surely experienced this.
The acid acts as a “violation” of the food in our stomach. When you eat something “heavy”, it can cause problems with digestion, since it would lead to a difficult digestion of proteins.
When proteins are not fully decomposed, it can lead to other problems such as inflammation of the bowel, bloating, irritation and even cancer of the colon.
For these reasons, experts warn that coffee should never be consumed in the morning when you wake up. The reason is that the coffee will increase the level of cortisol very quickly and the body will take a long time to return to its normal state. This hormone controls our biological clock and the ability to stay awake.
Moreover, the consumption of coffee on an empty stomach will increase the level of acid in the stomach, which can lead to bloating and vomiting.
Therefore, you should drink coffee an hour after waking up. It means that you have to eat something before, even if it was only a slice of bread.
If you’re the type of person who cannot start their day without a cup of coffee, then there is another trick you can use to reduce the harmful effects: add a little milk or butter in your coffee.