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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Take Your Morning Coffee

On the downsides of drinking coffee on an empty stomach

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Coffee, with its enticing aroma and stimulating effects can be hard to resist. We know the common line “Don’t talk to me before I get my morning coffee.” However, while the morning cup might seem like the perfect kick-in to the day, there are some potential drawbacks, particularly when consumed on an empty stomach.

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One of the primary concerns associated with drinking coffee on an empty stomach is its ability to increase stomach acid production. Coffee contains various compounds, including caffeine and chlorogenic acid, that can stimulate the production of gastric acid. For individuals with sensitive stomachs or those prone to acid reflux, this can lead to discomfort, heartburn, and even exacerbate conditions like gastritis or peptic ulcers.


Consuming coffee on an empty stomach may also lead to digestive upset for some individuals. Without the buffer of food to help absorb the acidic compounds in coffee, it can irritate the lining of the stomach and intestines, potentially causing nausea, bloating, or diarrhea. This effect can be more pronounced in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or other gastrointestinal issues.


Another concern is the impact of coffee on blood sugar levels, especially when consumed without food. Caffeine can temporarily increase blood sugar levels by triggering the release of adrenaline, which prompts the liver to release stored glucose into the bloodstream. While this can provide a quick energy boost, it may be followed by a subsequent crash as insulin works to lower blood sugar levels. For individuals with diabetes or insulin resistance, this fluctuation can be particularly problematic.


Coffee’s stimulating effects on the central nervous system can also be magnified when consumed on an empty stomach. Without the presence of food to slow down the absorption of caffeine, it can quickly enter the bloodstream and lead to feelings of anxiety, jitteriness, or even palpitations in susceptible individuals. This can be especially troublesome for those already prone to anxiety or panic attacks.


When coffee is consumed alongside a meal, its impact on nutrient absorption is generally minimal. However, drinking coffee on an empty stomach may interfere with the body’s ability to absorb certain nutrients, particularly iron and calcium. Compounds in coffee, such as tannins and polyphenols, can bind to these minerals, reducing their absorption in the intestines. Over time, this could potentially lead to deficiencies, especially in individuals with already marginal nutrient status.

Maybe drink some orange juice instead..

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