Do you love coffee? Please note, you may be in the “at risk” categories. Here are the 4 types of people who should avoid coffee according to Raphaël Gruman, dietitian-nutritionist.
While coffee has certain benefits (in particular it may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes), in high doses it can disrupt sleep and cause anxiety. Caffeine is also a cardiac risk factor in predisposed people. Therefore, some individuals should avoid consuming it.
Increased side effects
Four types of people should put aside coffee and its derivatives (latte, cappuccino, etc.), according to Raphaël Gruman. It’s about :
- Pregnant women. “As the doses communicated to the fetus are poorly evaluated (caffeine passes into the amniotic fluid), future mothers are advised not to drink too large doses of coffee.explains the dietician-nutritionist.
- Individuals prone to insomnia. “Coffee keeps them alert.”warns the expert.
- People who have panic attacks. “Caffeine can cause tachycardia attacks, especially in people who are already anxious. It actually accentuates this mechanism“, warns Raphaël Gruman.
- Individuals who have a slow metabolism. “Coffee tends to slow down the metabolism of coffee by the liver. It is really the organ that will be used the most when drinking coffee.“, notes the nutrition expert.
People with certain pathologies (liver diseases, hypertension, psychiatric illnesses, urinary and fecal incontinence, ulcers, etc.) must also moderate their consumption.
For these people, “lThe metabolism of caffeine is slowed and its adverse effects are increased“, warns ANSES in a press release.
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And for the others? What dose to consume?
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) provides the following recommendations:
“A healthy adult should not exceed 200 mg of caffeine at one time, and 400 throughout the day. In other words, a mug, a mug and a half of coffee at once, and four to five throughout the day. If we stick to this moderate consumption, all of the scientific literature considers that there are no deleterious effects on health.“, informs Astrid Nehlig, research director at Inserm.
Even so, the effects of caffeine differ between individuals and complicate risk analysis of consumption levels.
Fact,”these differences between individuals make it difficult to quantify the daily doses that should not be exceeded to protect health“, notes ANSES.
The right attitude to adopt? Moderate your consumption of caffeinated drinks yourself, by not drinking espressos at the office.