Let’s talk late nights, early mornings, boring lectures, study sessions, and the beverage that gets us through it all: coffee. For decades, coffee has been a staple for college students, but how often do we take a step back and evaluate its health value?
For years, researchers claimed that heavy coffee drinking could lead to heart disease and cancer. Recent studies however, show that it’s the high-risk activities associated with heavy coffee drinking (such as smoking and physical inactivity) that lead drinkers to these diseases – not the coffee itself. Lucky for us college students, coffee actually has many health benefits, as long as it’s consumed in moderation.
Coffee is full of antioxidants. In fact, research has shown that coffee is the number one source of antioxidants for the average American citizen, bypassing tea and fruits in a landslide.
Research shows coffee may protect against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, and liver cancer. If those aren’t good enough reasons to have a cup of joe every once and awhile, I don’t know what is.
Coffee is a healthier source of caffeine. When choosing between coffee, Red Bull, or Mountain Dew to finish that essay late at night, coffee isn’t nearly as high in sugar, making it a much healthier choice.
It’s important to keep in mind that drinking coffee can also become a very unhealthy (not to mention expensive) habit if done carelessly. Just because coffee has health benefits, doesn’t mean all the crap that goes into it does too – sugar and cream, for example, should be used in moderation. Watching what you put into your coffee is just as necessary as watching how many cups you have daily.
So college kids, drink on! It’s okay to have a couple cups of coffee every day. One day, your body may even thank you for it.
By Morgan Chamberlain