In honor of National Coffee Day, we are going to end the "Is coffee good for you?" debate once and for all by outlining what's good and what's terrible about the ol' brown stuff and letting you decide if the addiction is worth it. Should you put down the mug and enjoy a life of steady, consistent energy and healthy bowel movements? Or should you pick it up and revel in the delicious, hypomanic euphoria of a cup of joe? Or do you just keep doing what you're doing, but with a newfound smugness now that you know all these facts?
1) Coffee contains nutrients which lower the risks of Type 2 diabetes.
2) Coffee can lower the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.
3) Coffee has been shown to speed up your metabolism.
4) Coffee is a mood enhancer.
5) Coffee has the potential to help prevent Alzheimer's.
6) Coffee can protect your liver.
7) Coffee can increase life expectancy.
8) Coffee can reduce your risk for certain types of cancer.
9) Coffee gives you energy.
1) Coffee is a diuretic.
2) Coffee can cause insomnia.
3) Coffee can worsen anxiety.
4) Coffee can cause heartburn, ulcers, and acid reflux.
5) Coffee can limit your body's absorption of vitamins and minerals.
6) Coffee can contain Acrylamide, which causes cancer.
7) Coffee can cause urinary/bladder problems.
8) Coffee can increase blood pressure.
9) Coffee causes dependency and has nasty withdrawal symptoms.
Fun fact: the time it took to read this article is how long the average person takes to chug three pots of cold coffee. Wait, average people don't do that?