Coffee and caffeine. There’s a lot of conflicting information about the healthiness of both, and today I plan on adding to the pile of uncertainty. You’re welcome.
I’ve gone back and forth between drinking coffee, tea, and neither. Caffeine leads me to feel different under different circumstances, but I’ve never quite been able to pinpoint why. Finally, I found some information that has led me to better understand the way coffee and caffeine work. While I won’t try to dissect the medical terminology presented by the proceeding resources, I will link to their work so you can read and make your own mind up.
I tend to believe that things that grow naturally are either really good for us, or really bad for us. Of course, often humans get in the way and take away the nutritional value of many items. Regardless, coffee falls into the category of things that grow that I really want to believe are good for us. And if you’re thinking this is one person’s attempt to justify coffee consumption, you are correct.
The difference is if I were to find convincing evidence that it was truly awful to consume coffee and caffeine, I would absolutely stop.
It turns out, coffee might have led me to feel poorly because I was doing caffeine and coffee wrong. So what have I learned works for me?
- Drink organic coffee: Coffee is heavily sprayed. While organic isn’t always best or even better, I’ve found that organic coffee smells better, tastes better, and doesn’t make me feel as gross as coffee that’s not organic.
- I love my french press: I’ve had it for a few weeks now and it’s great for many reasons. It’s fun to use, includes some of the oil a filter would omit (there’s a lot of debate about the effect of the oil on cholesterol), and it makes a serving size that doesn’t allow for overconsumption.
- Don’t drink coffee on an empty stomach. Try to drink coffee with a meal. Another mistake I was making was drinking coffee black. It turns out, one researcher recommends adding cream and a fair amount of sugar to coffee to help counteract the effects of caffeine which can lead a person to feel highs and lows.
And of course, sources. I was watching one of my favorite doctor’s, Dr. John Bergman. He offers great advice that is easy to understand, and knows that the average body will take great care of itself with the proper fuel, nutrition, rest, and other natural stuff. He didn’t talk much about caffeine but he kept mentioning another great source of information, Ray Peat. Ray has a Ph.D. in Biology and has dedicated much of his life to studying diet, hormones, and more. Visiting his site, I found a fantastic article about caffeine.
Sure, it’s considered a drug, but there’s much more to it than that.
Like with anything, decide for yourself. I’ve started adding coconut oil and sugar to my coffee, and haven’t experienced the highs or lows I normally would. Combined with organic coffee in my french press, it’s been nice to enjoy the beverage that so many love, and with a little less question about its effect on the human body. Hopefully at least one point helps you decide for yourself.