The Truth about Coffee

Coffee itself is not the problem — it's the milk and sugar in the coffee that poses more of an issue. And while caffeine can be helpful in lowering your risk of prostate cancer, heart disease and stroke, it can keep you awake at night!

Three to five cups of coffee a day is perfectly fine — you'd have to drink a whopping 10 or more cups of coffee a day to cause health issues such as anxiety, insomnia and heart palpitations. While coffee does act as a nervous stimulant and may help boost concentration, your body adapts to caffeine and over time you will need more and more to get the same effect. The other thing is, caffeine stays in your system for a really long time and can disrupt your sleep.

Make sure you're not overdoing it on the milk and sugar. For example — 3 lattes a day, every day for a year will cause you to put on around 25 kilos of weight. Add sugar to that and the scales go up even further! Black coffee is a better choice, or even coffee with trim milk.

For those who are trying to quit smoking, coffee can be a constant reminder or trigger for the cigarette craving. So giving up the coffee or switching to water or tea can be a great way to help squash the need for nicotine.