Afsheen Khan
3 min readAug 25, 2021

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Does coffee make you gain weight?

Are you a coffeeholic?

A hot cup of coffee is an energy booster to get out of bed or to relax your mind. With all its health benefits, it’s an excellent kick-start to your day.

However, your favorite cup of joy can cause weight gain without even letting you know.

Undoubtedly, coffee is among the popular beverages to drink, rich in polyphenols and antioxidant properties; it’s the best fit to consume. Yet the syrups, sweeteners, artificial preservatives, flavors, whipped creams make it worse for your health and make you gain weight.

The frappuccinos, mocha, lattes, cappuccino, Galao, macchiatos, and other types of coffee with sugar ingredients, drizzles, and fat bombs may prove to be a health disaster. They not only make you a caffeinator but also affect your weight in a single cup.

Coffee creamers and other sweet ingredients are a health disaster.

Be mindful about the amount of sugar or sweeteners you use and how many cups of coffee you drink. And your coffee-to-go beverage can turn into a health catastrophe.

Ilyse Schapiro MS, RD, CDN says’ Consuming added sugar links with weight gain increases the risk of development of cardiovascular and Type-II diabetes.”.

Health benefits are associated with black coffee, that too if you consume it moderately.

Black coffee is rich in healthy ingredients that help in preventing many diseases. It helps reduce heart disease, minimizes the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, oral cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer, cirrhosis, diabetes management, depression, and many other illnesses. Hence, it does not make you gain weight.

One of the reasons for gaining weight and elevated levels of insulin is associated with each other. On the contrary, black coffee is insulin resistant and helps in losing weight.

Coffee and Caffeine

Coffee has a caffeine component, a natural stimulant that offers calorie-burning benefits and other health benefits. The only cons you can feel while consuming caffeine are sleeplessness, vomiting, and disturb bowel movements. However, everybody can tackle different levels of caffeine.

The International Journal of Epidemiology revealed that people who drank had a lower risk of diabetes and obesity.

coffee beans are healthy.

FAQs

How many cups of coffee can I have in a day?

Ideally, you should stick to 2–3 cups a day -around 100–200 milligrams per day; as guided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, caffeine should not overdose.

Is coffee more caffeinated or tea -coffee v/s tea?

The average cup of tea contains 26 mg of caffeine, while an average cup of coffee contains 94 mg of caffeine. It also depends on the process of preparation.

Which type of coffee is enriched with caffeine?

Different factors are responsible for this. Robusto is famous for the highest levels of caffeine present in it. Another factor that dominates is the brewing time and the amount of serving (cup size).

What is the healthy amount of caffeine to be taken per day?

It’s essential to stick to the recommended amount to reap the best and health benefits of the coffee. According to Food and Chemical Toxicology, ‘upto 400 mg per day is the healthy amount for an adult.’

What is more beneficial green tea or black coffee?

Both are enriched with caffeine and hence do not make much difference. However, green tea has other components too, such as flavonoids. Just like coffee, green tea helps speed up the metabolism that helps you lose weight.

Conclusion

If you are struggling to get the clear answer, either coffee helps gain weight or helps lose or maintain your weight? The type, amount, and ingredients you add to it decide if it will be your friend or foe. To reap the best from your cup of Joe, you must stick to the suggested guidelines by the health experts.

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