Is coffee helpful or harmful for your health?

November 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Nutrition Tips

Coffee and more specifically the caffeine found in coffee is safe for consumption but as with everything, moderation is the key. Health Canada suggests that up to 400mg of caffeine daily is safe for non-pregnant adults (300mg per day if you are pregnant). How much is that you ask? Below are some common foods and how much caffeine they contain:

  • 1 cup drip coffee – 100mg caffeine
  • 1 – 355mL cola – 40-50mg caffeine
  • 1 cup moderately brewed green or black tea – 40mg caffeine
  • 3 squares of dark chocolate – 50mg
  • 1 cup chocolate milk – 10mg

In fact, regular coffee drinkers seem to have amassed some benefits from the habit: In many studies, regular coffee drinkers may have a lower risk of gout, diabetes, some cancers and Parkinson’s disease. The bottom line? If you drink coffee, keep it to no more than about 3-4 cups per day. This isn’t the newest latest cure all, but I think it’s safe to say a couple cups of coffee is not causing you any harm ;)