The Pros and Cons of Coffee Consumption [Infographic]

These days, just about every popular health and wellness guru will tell you that you must stop drinking coffee.  Like gluten, coffee is now widely considered a bad boy in holistic health circles.

The Pros

Numerous scientific studies suggest that the antioxdants, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in coffee may provide a wide range of health benefits.  A growing body of scientific literature shows that moderate consumption of coffee may be neuroprotective, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, and chemopreventive.

The research also suggests that coffee consumption may reduce the risk for developing certain medical conditions and chronic diseases including metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, obesity, liver cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, gallbladder disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, strokes, and certain cancers.

A partial list of studies relating to coffee consumption and obesity, weight loss, and metabolic syndrome is at the end of this post.

The Pros and Cons of Coffee Consumption - Infographic from Jason Tham

The Cons

Naturally, coffee consumption is not recommended for everyone.  Coffee can be addictive, interfere with sleep, hamper absorption of certain vitamins and minerals, raise blood pressure, lead to dehydration, aggravate heartburn, and worsen symptoms of certain gastrointestinal conditions or disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in some people.

Pregnant and lactating women, individuals with high blood pressure and/or other medical conditions are generally advised to limit coffee consumption or eliminate coffee and other caffeinated beverages altogether from their diet.

It is always highly recommended that you seek the advise of a qualified healthcare professional who is familiar with your medical history and current health status in order to help you determine whether drinking coffee (and how much) is appropriate for you.


This infographic from Jason Tham was published on   The infographic enumerates the some of the pros and cons of coffee consumption.

Some studies of interest

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