Aside from its wonderful taste and the fact that it can jumpstart the day, there are many reasons to drink coffee. Coffee consumption has increased rapidly within the past few years, as evidenced by the ubiquity of coffee shops and beverage brands. We each have a unique morning routine, but that first cup of coffee is a craving that many of us share. Although coffee has had a complex reputation throughout history, recent studies suggest that drinking moderate amounts of coffee can provide a wealth of health benefits. On the other hand, consuming too much coffee can lead to caffeine addiction, high blood pressure, insomnia, and other negative side effects. One way you can monitor your coffee consumption while still enjoying the benefits of coffee is by using K-Cup® pods.

Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

Did you know that coffee was first discovered several centuries ago? Coffee was originally used for religious practices and was thought to have medicinal properties. Today, we know many of coffee’s most notable health benefits are the result of black coffee consumption. Those health benefits decrease as you add cream or sweeteners. Making the smartest decision for your health may involve some sacrifice, but it is well worth it.

Caffeine contains several metabolic effects, such as central nervous system stimulation. Caffeine consumption can also increase plasma free fatty acid counts and fat oxidation as well as provide a reliable source of fiber. Other than weight loss, coffee has also been found to reduce asthma attacks, the risk of certain cancers, and cirrhosis of the liver.

Ideal Amount of Coffee per Day

According to the Food and Drug Administration, an average adult can safely consume up to 400 milligrams per day. The safe limit for women who are or may be pregnant is approximately 300 milligrams. An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains approximately 75 milligrams of caffeine, so you should consume no more than two to four cups per day.

Keurig® brewing systems employ an innovative heating technology that dispenses piping hot coffee within about six seconds of pressing the brew button. Because these coffee makers brew only one cup at a time, you can easily monitor your coffee consumption using K-Cups at the office or at home.

Reasons to Moderate Caffeine Intake

Coffee may be the widely popular choice when it comes to the first cup of the day, but it may not be for everyone. There are many factors involved when determining whether your coffee consumption should be restricted, including age, body mass, genetics, medication use, and pre-existing health conditions.

Regardless of what you choose, your decision should be based entirely on your medical history as well as your sensitivity to caffeine. If you have any questions or concerns about your predilection for coffee, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Alternatives to Drinking Coffee

As soon as we hear the alarm clock, we are practically programmed to turn on the coffee maker. Take a close look at your current routine to decide whether you can swap coffee for another beverage. Trade your afternoon pick-me-up for a hot cup of black or green tea. Scientists believe that espresso retains antioxidants longer than coffee, so a stronger yet smaller dose may be just the solution you are looking for. Keurig offers several kinds of K-Cup® espresso pods that are compatible with their signature brewing systems. Another effective way to reduce your intake is by consuming water between refills.

Don’t settle for a bitter, dense, and stale pot of coffee. Monitor your coffee consumption using K-Cups instead, and you will benefit from minimal cleanup as well as instant brewing with just the touch of a button. If you have any questions about this article or need help finding a specific product in our inventory, please contact us today so we may better assist you.