Few things in life are as glorious as that first sip of fresh coffee on a dreary morning. For many of us, the highlight of the day is when we lift our mug from desk to lips and then repeat for reps.
By the same token, few beverages engender such conflicting advice when it comes to health and fitness. One minute you’ll read that coffee protects against metabolic syndrome, boosts performance in endurance sports, promotes fat loss, and fights dementia, to boot! But by the time you’ve taken your next sip, you’ve read that coffee consumption is also linked to increased risks of heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, and cancer.
Plus, like nicotine and sugar, caffeine is physically addictive, as anyone who’s suffered from coffee withdrawal headaches knows. That means trouble is abrew, right?
Just hold on a second here. What should you believe?
Clearly, there are grounds for debate here: Is coffee poison or a health tonic?
Let’s examine some of the major claims and determine if they are fact or fiction.