How Much Coffee a Day

Many of us just can’t have only one cup of coffee per day. Once you’ve had your first cup of the day you’re already looking forward to the next one. But just how much coffee a day can you drink?

How Much Coffee a Day?

Generally speaking, it is recommended that you don’t have more than 5 240ml cups of coffee per day. This roughly equals 400mg of caffeine per day.

But before you rush off to drink 5 cups of coffee it is important to read on. The amount of coffee that you can drink per day depends on the type of coffee that you drink, and on how your body reacts to caffeine.

How Much Caffeine is in Coffee?

caffeine in coffee

Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee. It is what gives coffee its numerous health benefits. But what you might not be aware of is that different types of coffee have different amounts of caffeine.

Let’s take a look at a few types of coffee and their caffeine content.

Brewed Coffee

A 240ml cup of brewed coffee has 96mg of caffeine.

Decaf Brewed Coffee

A 240ml cup of decaf brewed coffee has 2mg of caffeine.

Espresso

A 30ml shot of espresso has 60mg of caffeine.

Decaf Espresso

A 30ml shot of espresso has virtually no caffeine.

Instant Coffee

A 240ml cup of instant coffee has 62mg of caffeine.

Decaf Instant Coffee

A 240ml cup of decaf instant coffee has 2mg of caffeine.

As you can see from the figures above, you can get away with drinking up to 5 cups of coffee per day. That said, if you have an existing health condition that you need to adjust your caffeine intake.

Take Note: Teens between the ages of 12 – 18 years old should limit their intake to 100mg per day. Also, take other beverages like tea and soda into consideration as they also contain caffeine.

Which Type of Coffee is the Healthiest?

black coffee

Many consider Black Coffee to be a healthy type of coffee. Not only that, it is also the easiest type of coffee to make.

You won’t find any additives like dairy or sugar that will add unwanted calories or carbs to this brew. Its nutritional value is therefore very impressive. Let’s look at the figures:

  • 0% sugar
  • 0% carbs
  • 4% potassium
  • 0% sodium
  • 0% fat
  • 0% cholesterol

Consuming Too Much Caffeine

Too much caffeine can have a negative effect on your body. Exceeding the limit of 400mg of caffeine per day can have the following effects:

  • Anxiety
  • Dehydration
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Raised cholesterol levels

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Summary

It is generally safe to consume up to 5 cups of coffee per day or 400mg caffeine, depending on the type of coffee that you drink. Those with an existing health condition need to adjust their caffeine intake accordingly, and we advise you to consult with your doctor if you are concerned about the effects that caffeine might have on your body.