Nearly one in three people in the world cannot imagine their day without coffee. This drink contains more than 1,000 active substances that affect our body in one way or another. To drink – not to drink? When? How much? Can I drink it with milk? Let’s get to the bottom of all the many questions that regularly swirl around coffee drinks!
Can I drink coffee instead of breakfast?
Not a good idea! Rather, it’s a very bad idea. Why not? Because coffee triggers a powerful secretion of hydrochloric acid, which is supposed to digest food. And there is no food in the stomach on an empty stomach! The hydrochloric acid affects its walls, which can lead to gastritis or even ulcers. Want to drink coffee in the morning? Drink it, but not on an empty stomach, but about 20-30 minutes after breakfast.
Is coffee bad or good for you? How many cups a day can I drink?
Natural coffee is a healthy product that can be in the diet of a healthy person. The main thing is to remember that you should drink natural coffee, not instant coffee or coffee drinks “3 in 1”. And then there are the nuances. Each body has a gene that is responsible for the metabolism of caffeine. Some have a fast metabolism, some have a slow metabolism. While the first ones can afford two or three cups of coffee a day, the rest of us shouldn’t drink so much. A special genetic test can help you determine your own rate, but it is unlikely that now everyone will run to get it. It is easier to monitor your reaction to caffeine, and on this basis, if necessary, limit the amount. Three cups a day is a health risk. If you have trouble sleeping, you should drink no more than one cup of coffee a day and only in the morning. You should not drink coffee in the evening at all: it excites the nervous system, and it is more difficult for the body to recover at night.
When can I drink coffee?
Black coffee can be drunk between meals. But coffee with milk – after 30 minutes after a meal, as in this case insulin is released, the body perceives the drink as food. If you eat three meals a day and think that you don’t snack, and you drink three cups of latte between meals, then you eat six meals a day! As I said, you should not drink coffee on an empty stomach and before going to bed. You should also refrain from coffee drinks before a workout: they will put extra strain on your cardiovascular system.
Is it true that coffee with milk is badly digested?
Here you can not worry – coffee with milk is digested absolutely normal and no stones in the intestines, this is a myth. But there are other pitfalls. Among the antioxidants in coffee are chlorogenic acids. Milk protein reacts with them and greatly reduces their bioavailability. Also, the tannins in the coffee impair the absorption of calcium from the milk (but there is already a paltry amount). It is important to understand that milk softens the effect of caffeine, but also increases the caloric content of the drink. While black coffee without sugar is about 4 kcal, milk is able to turn the drink into a dessert in terms of calories.
Coffee has a dose-dependent effect. This means that over time you will want to increase your caffeine dose. There is no such thing as decaffeinated coffee (there is still 2 to 6% caffeine in such a drink). Caffeine can excrete magnesium. Coffee has a diuretic effect. The tannins in coffee affect iron absorption. What your relationship with coffee is, is up to you to determine. Most importantly, be guided by the rule “Do no harm!”