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Coffee first started gaining popularity as far back as the 15th century in Africa and the Middle East. Today, coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Many of us start our mornings with the welcome boost of caffeine from a hot cup of joe.

Nowadays, you’ll find a coffee shop on every street corner and a coffee vending machine at every petrol station, so we decided to take a look at just how much caffeine we should consume and what health benefits, if any, we get from its consumption.

How Much Caffeine Is In A Cup Of Coffee

We measure caffeine in Milligrams (Mg), with each standard cup of coffee containing about 100Mg of caffeine. Adults are recommended to consume no more than 400mg a day on a regular basis, which translates into roughly 4 standard-sized cups of coffee a day. Some chains, like Starbucks, serve drinks with a higher caffeine content, particularly in their oversized cups. Different brewing methods can also impact the caffeine content in a brew, demonstrated in a recent survey.

If you’ve had too much caffeine, your body is pretty quick to tell you. Symptoms may include stomach pain or nausea.

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If you’ve had too much caffeine, your body is pretty quick to tell you. Symptoms may include stomach pain or nausea.

Drinking More Than The Recommended Allowance

Although we are recommended to limit our intake 400 mg per day, every person may react differently to caffeine. If you currently drink more than the recommended daily allowance and have no ill effects, there is no need to urgently amend your drinking habits, though you may want to consider cutting back your caffeine intake in the long-term.

If you love the taste and want to drink more, look for coffee beans with a lower strength or maybe try decaffeinated coffee. Decaf contains only 3% the caffeine content of regular coffee, meaning you’d be able to drink 132 cups of it before hitting the recommended limit.

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The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

The main health benefits of drinking coffee come from the stimulant effect you get from the caffeine, which generally helps us to kick-start our day. Ongoing research into caffeine continues to show some of the benefits it provides, including:

  • Protection against cirrhosis of the liver
  • Less risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Less chance of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Protection against Parkinson’s
  • Less risk of heart disease
  • Reduced risk of liver cancer
  • Low risk of gout

Although research into caffeine is still in its infancy, initial studies into the health benefits of coffee show that it can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet and that a reasonable amount is good for both the body and mind in the long-term.

Decaf contains only 3% the caffeine content of regular coffee, meaning you’d be able to drink 132 cups of it before hitting the recommended limit.

Best Drinking Method

There is no additional benefit depending on how you consume your cup of coffee. Having a black coffee will, of course, be better than adding sweeteners and creams, but choosing between an Espresso or an Americano will make little difference so drink it however you like it.

As caffeine is a stimulant, you’ll benefit most from its effects if you choose to consume it earlier in the day. Drinking coffee in the evening may upset your sleeping patterns, so it is best to opt for decaf in the evenings.

This post on the consumption of caffeine and its health benefits was written by guest writer, Theodora Evans. Theodora is a passionate blogger from Sydney, and someone you might very well describe as an IT and coffee nerd. She takes great interest in psychology and helping people deal with their mental and anxiety issues. Besides that, she loves martial arts and enjoying nature.