Mercy’s Dr. Jonathan Rich and Registered Dietitian Leigh Tracy Discuss the Health Pros And Cons of Coffee

September 19, 2016

People have been drinking coffee for centuries. The popular drink is the number one stimulant in the developed world. Research shows that coffee has antioxidants, which are good for people, but other research shows coffee can cause cancer.

So is coffee good for you or not?

Is coffee something you just can't live without? If so, is that such a bad thing?

According to Mercy Medical Center’s Dr. Jonathan Rich, researchers have done many studies on coffee, and the verdict is in.

“It's maybe not so bad for you,” Dr. Rich said. “Might prevent diabetes, might prevent Parkinson's. People who drink coffee may have less medical problems, may live longer. We're talking in amounts of three to four cups a day, and a cup being 8 ounces, not a giant mocha latte.”

The caveat is to skip the coffee extras like whipped cream.

“Before we know it, we have a whole meal worth of calories, especially if we get whipped cream, the drizzle,” Dr. Rich said. “That’s where a lot of the problems come in. (Coffee is) becoming a dessert for a lot of people. You may have an extra 300 calories and that contributes to a whole host of other problems.

Dieticians say that if you have a problem with coffee upsetting your stomach, try a darker roast.

“It has more properties that are going to help gastric secretions,” Mercy Medical Center registered dietician Leigh Tracy explained. “Do a darker roast, that can be better for you.”

View Dr. Rich and Ms. Tracy’s interviews regarding the health benefits of coffee.

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