Coffee– the good, the bad, and the ugly

Many Americans are downright addicted to coffee. We rely on our daily caffeine in order to get through the morning, but is it really good for us? The results are mixed, and new studies are finding information about the benefits or risks of consuming caffeinated beverages such as coffee drinks. We’ll report the findings, and you be the judge.

The Good:

  • Coffee contains little to no calories–until you start adding sugar, creamer, etc.!
  • Daily coffee consumption leads to lower depression risk, at least in women.
  • Coffee lowers your risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Coffee decreases the risk of dementia and Parkinson’s disease, as well as stroke risk for women.
The Bad: 
  • While the drink itself is not high in fat or calories, many blended coffee drinks contain high amounts of sugar and higher fat milk. Coffee is also often associated with sweet treats, such as doughnuts or pastries, and a daily cup of coffee may increase your tendency to indulge.
  • Coffee can raise blood pressure (a result of the caffeine).
  • Coffee can aggravate heartburn because of the high acidity.
  • Coffee increases risk of osteoporosis.
The Ugly:
We are a dental blog, so we can’t ignore the obvious–coffee can cause serious staining on the enamel of your teeth, especially when sipped slowly throughout the day.
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About the author

A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)