Love a morning coffee? You're definitely not alone. Coffee is that morning drop so many of us love so much, it might be teetering on the edge of an addiction, which isn't all that surprising when you take into account Aussies use over 1 billion disposable coffee cups every year. Read more about that here.
It's not uncommon for many of us to be a two or three coffee-a-day guzzler, but, have you ever asked yourself the question, 'how much coffee is good for me?' Turns out, you might surprised.
As a drink worth enjoying, coffee is packed with good bits for our bodies and minds. Some of the vitamins and minerals in the brew actually do make it into the cup, like:
A typical 240mL cup of coffee contains (1):
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 11% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 6% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 2% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 2% of the RDA.
- Folate: 1% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 3% of the RDA.
- Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 2% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 1% of the RDA.
As science says though, just because something is good, doesn't mean a whole lot or too much is better.
It can be hard to manage how much caffeine - the principal psychoactive drug in coffee that makes it so addictive - you put in your body as the amount of it from cup-to-cup can vary greatly, but it's safe enough to stick to averages as a guide.
An average cup of coffee (240mL) can contain roughly 98mg of caffeine, which increases the larger the cup you order. The going understood 'safe' amount of caffeine an average adult can consume per day is 300-400mg without any adverse effects, which is dictated by their bodyweight. In coffee-speak, this equates to about four cups on average per healthy adult.
Don't know what to look for in excessive caffeine intake? According to Better Health, some can include the following:
- a rise in body temperature
- frequent urination
- dizziness and headaches
- after the energy burst, an even greater feeling of fatigue
- rapid heartbeat (palpitations)
- restlessness and excitability
- anxiety and irritability
- trembling hands
So feel free to enjoy a cup in the morning, but don't go overboard!