Coffee: The Good and the Bad

1242486_53460870A recent study published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that those who drink an excessive amount of coffee could have an increased mortality rate. While coffee has been hailed for its health benefits, this new study shows that an extreme amount of coffee could have adverse effects. Coffee has been known to cause bad breath, so maybe it’s best that you stick to three cups or less anyway!

Researchers said that while they do not believe that coffee is the direct cause of increased mortality rate, it may have some association with it. Women between the ages of 20 and 54 who drank more than 28 cups of coffee each week, or more than four cups each day, were more likely to die from any cause more than those who drank moderate amounts of coffee. Men had a 1.5 times increased risk of death compared with their moderate coffee drinker counterparts.

“People who drink more coffee may be prone to higher mortality; however, this may not be cause-and-effect, as there may be something else about the person who drinks 10 cups per day such as an addicting personality or is easily stressed out,” co-author of the study Carl J. Lavie, medical director of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention at Ochsner Medical Center, told MedPage Today.

As a preliminary study, you can expect researchers to dive deeper into the topic to find if there is a root cause from coffee. For example, the study did not specify whether or not the coffee beverages were sweetened with sugar, artificial or natural. Adding sweetener to your cup of joe each morning could increase your risk of diabetes and other ailments, such as bad breath. This is a double whammy!

Sugar attracts anaerobic bacteria in the mouth, which causes bad breath, while the drying nature of coffee traps the bacteria from being washed down. If you are adding sugar to your caffeine fix, make sure that you add as little as possible and drink a glass of water afterwards.

While we’re on the topic of sugar, frappes and sugar-laded lattes are not good for your health and wellbeing of your teeth and gums. Both of these sweet treats should not be regularly consumed as coffee beverages, despite the fact they contain caffeine. These drinks will increase the amount of anaerobic bacteria in the mouth greatly, and drinking them regularly can cause gum disease and tooth decay.

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