Coffee may be one of the most revered drinks of the modern age – and for good reason. The benefits of a cup of coffee go beyond mere invigoration – black coffee can improve cognitive skills, help digestion, and act as an anti-inflammatory. Nutritionist Sharon Katzman points to a small amount of new research that suggests coffee may even be beneficial for dementia.
But are there circumstances in which coffee can do more harm than good? Yes, if you drink it at the wrong time. In particular, nutritionists advise against drinking coffee in the afternoon – it can seriously interfere with sleep patterns. Coffee drunk at 11:30 a.m. may sustain us long enough to forego an afternoon cup.
It’s also not a good idea to drink coffee after the 2nd cup, according to many experts, although some studies prove the benefits of coffee in volumes larger than 4 servings. It can also be a bad idea to drink espresso on an empty stomach – this can cause heartburn or an upset stomach.
If you’re struggling with high cholesterol, you don’t need to eliminate coffee from your life. However, you should choose a better time to consume it – in the morning after breakfast.