16 December 18
Revealed: Is Coffee Really Healthy? (Hint: Your DNA Matters.)
The debate about coffee’s health benefits is complicated… but it doesn’t have to be.
Is coffee bad for your health or can it help you live longer?
And more importantly, why are people always changing their minds about coffee?
First things first… coffee is (probably) healthy.
If you’re worrying about whether or not your coffee habit is going to hurt you, relax.
Coffee is probably healthy, although your individual results may vary.
After all, someone who recently suffered a heart attack probably shouldn’t be speeding up their heart with espresso.
But in the majority of people, coffee is safe and beneficial.
Your DNA changes how your body reacts to coffee.
Two genes are known to change how your body metabolizes coffee and caffeine. (They’re the CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 genes.)
Not only do these genes change how you handle caffeine, but they also change how likely you are to drink a lot of coffee.
(So if you’re one of those people who’s truly addicted to coffee, maybe it’s not your fault.)
If you want to see how your genes affect your coffee habit, check out our DNA test here.
Mixing coffee with milk, sugar, or coffee creamers isn’t healthy. (The same goes for cigarettes.)
It sounds pretty obvious, but having coffee while smoking a cigarette isn’t healthy.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly the kind of bad science that has ruined coffee’s reputation.
For many studies arguing that coffee is unhealthy, the effect of coffee itself wasn’t actually tested: instead, researchers simply asked people if they drank coffee.
The people who answered the surveys by saying that they drank a lot of coffee were usually less healthy, so the researchers assumed coffee was bad for you.
It turns out that people who drank a lot of coffee also tended to smoke a lot. Non-smokers even drank less coffee overall, so it looked as if coffee was the culprit.
In reality, coffee is healthy for the vast majority of people.
(Just don’t add too much sugar.)
See how your body reacts to coffee.
If you want to learn how your body processes coffee, there’s good news.
The LifeDNA genetic report can actually tell you how quickly you process caffeine, plus a ton of other insights like your metabolism, vitamin deficiencies, and risks for certain diseases.
Click here to learn more.