Statistics state that over 50% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day. This represents more than 150 million daily drinkers!

Now that we know that so many of us drink it, is it good for us? Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Knoxville gives the scoop on one of the most popular drinks in the world.

What’s in Coffee?

In its most basic form, coffee is made mostly of water, caffeine and roasted coffee seeds. You may be surprised to know that coffee is also the biggest supplier of antioxidants in the Western diet!

If you are unsure what antioxidants are, they are molecules that fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are compounds that can cause harm if their levels become too high in your body. They’re linked to multiple severe illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. When consumed in moderation, coffee is great for your body.

Benefits of Drinking Coffee

  • Improves energy levels
  • Can help you burn fat
  • Improves metabolism
  • Helps you maintain healthy digestion

Is Coffee Ever Bad for You?

Coffee offers a lot of health benefits when consumed in moderation and its natural form. Coffee can be bad for your health, however, when you drink too much and/or add too many unnatural sweeteners, creamers or syrups.

Experts recommend keeping your coffee consumption at or less than three to four cups of coffee per day. Adding natural or organic additives like cinnamon or cocoa powder is also recommended if you must add something to enjoy coffee.

Negative Effects of Unhealthy Coffee Consumption

  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Upset stomach
  • Increased heart rate

Coffee is great, but it’s important to keep it healthy! If you have experienced any negative health effects due to your coffee consumption, visit us at AFC Urgent Care Knoxville today.