Negative Effects of Drinking Coffee

Written by on June 20, 2012 in Health - 1 Comment | Print this page


Negative Effects of Drinking Coffee

Many people drink coffee to help them get through the day. Coffee stimulates the nervous system and keeps the mind awake and alert. The negative effects of drinking coffee, unfortunately, are many. Caffeine is the main culprit. Coffee also, however, contains almost 400 other chemicals that can affect the body in a variety of ways.

Drink Coffee in Moderation or Not at All

Because of its high caffeine content, coffee is one of those foods that should be consumed in moderation or not at all. This is especially important is you have health issues. Caffeine puts the body on an adrenaline roller coaster ride, which usually ends in chronic adrenal exhaustion and can also exasperate other ailments. Coffee can upset blood-sugar levels leaving the body in need of a pick-me-up at various intervals. In fact, caffeine affects nearly every cell in the body. The following are a few hazards to keep in mind:

  • Caffeine can trigger heart problems.
  • Caffeine increases calcium excretion causes a loss of bone mass.
  • Caffeine promotes cortisol production and weight gain.
  • Caffeine increases blood pressure.
  • Caffeine can cause infertility.

Some people drink decaffeinated coffee to avoid the negative effects of regular coffee. Decaffeinated coffee still contains approximately 1 mg of caffeine per ounce of beverage. Furthermore, chemicals used in the decaffeinating process may cause health problems.

Concerning Coffee and Weight Gain

Many coffee drinkers may not be aware that coffee can cause the numbers on the weight scale to rapidly increase. Coffee, is this case,  is not the problem. The problem stems from what coffee drinkers add to the beverage to flavor it. For example, a 6-ounce cup of black coffee without sugar has only 4 calories. The same 6-ounce coffee with 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1 ounce on nonfat milk contains about 50 calories.  A 6-ounce cup of whole-milk mocha with sugar and whipped cream can sport close to 330 calories. That’s about the same amount of calories as a McDonald’s hot fudge sundae.

Caffeine Withdrawal

As with any addiction, caution should be taken with the decision to stop drinking coffee. Heavy drinkers, especially, should be aware that abrupt cessation may result in caffeine withdrawal symptoms. The following are some of the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal:

  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Flu-like symptoms

A gradual cessation would be the best approach to avoid the many physical discomforts associated with caffeine termination.

Have you experienced any negative effects of drinking coffee that you would like to share? You may do so below.


About the Author

Loraine R. Dégraff

Loraine is a passionate health and wellness writer and is particularly interested in working with the body through diet and nutrition. She currently lives in Queens, NY with her husband and 5 children and would love to talk "health" with you. View all posts with Health Tips.