Essentials: Coffee

Some say that the effects of drinking coffee may lead to cardiovascular disease, but there are also many benefits of drinking coffee as well.

The average American drinks about three and a half cups of coffee a day. Coffee naturally contains caffeine, which stimulates the central nervous system, increases blood pressure, and raises the metabolic rate. Because of this, some have concluded that the effects of drinking coffee increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. 

Some research has shown that there are benefits of drinking coffee in moderate amounts, such as its ability to lower a person’s risk of developing conditions like type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer and liver cancer. If you are a healthy adult there is nothing wrong with drinking coffee but for children, adolescents, the elderly and those who have hypertension, drinking coffee may negatively affect you.



Lynn Goldstein, MS, RD, CSO, CDN

This video features Lynn Goldstein, MS, RD, CSO, CDN. Lynn Goldstein is a registered dietitian with a masters of science degree from New York University. She is board certified in oncology nutrition and is the clinical nutrition supervisor for Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Duration: 2:52. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Holly Atkinson, MD, Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: Nov. 16, 2011
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