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Benefits of Drinking Coffee After Breakfast

Benefits of Drinking Coffee After Breakfast

There are several benefits of drinking coffee after breakfast that you don’t get when you drink it on an empty stomach. Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world aside from water. Not only does it offer a kick of caffeine, but studies also show that a cup offers other health benefits. However, in today’s busy world many people head off for work or school while skipping breakfast. Usually, experts would not recommend skipping meals. Additionally, drinking coffee on an empty stomach can make things worse. The news may be shocking for many, but recent studies have shown that coffee on an empty stomach can impair blood sugar control. Therefore, it is best to drink coffee after or during meals and not before.

Why is it bad to drink coffee on an empty stomach?

The main downside of drinking coffee on an empty stomach is the increased risk of hyperacidity. For people taking medications like ibuprofen or aspirin, coffee on an empty stomach is not a good idea. If you have already experienced peptic ulcer disease (PUD) or GERD, it is especially important to avoid drinking coffee on an empty stomach.

In addition, studies have shown that drinking strong black coffee without a meal beforehand can wreak havoc on your metabolism. This is because the caffeine in coffee seems to cause a degree of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when cells in fat, muscles, and the liver do not respond to insulin as well as they used to. All the leftover sugar in the bloodstream makes the pancreas create more insulin. Eventually, the pancreas becomes overworked and does not make enough insulin. This can lead to poor blood sugar control and diabetes.

Drinking coffee without meals may not immediately cause these diseases, however, doing it every day for years can definitely add up.

What are the benefits of drinking coffee after breakfast?

Now, what are the health benefits of drinking coffee after breakfast? Eating breakfast in the morning, with or without coffee. is already considered a healthy practice. Upon eating your first meal, your body starts to refuel after several hours of fasting during sleep. Many of the normal metabolic processes are revved up and your mind and body get into gear.

For many, mornings are incomplete without their favorite cup of coffee. Coffee is often the drink of choice in the morning because of its caffeine content. But as previously stated, caffeine may play a role in insulin resistance.

By having a meal in the morning, the body responds by releasing and making insulin, which allows muscle, liver, and fat cells to take up sugar in the blood. Eating breakfast that includes whole wheat, high-fiber food and protein is better for blood sugar control and sustained energy. Skip high-sugar cereals, which have a higher glycemic index and can result in a sugar crash.

As for the timing, wait to drink coffee at about an hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours after eating. It takes 45 minutes to an hour to reach peak insulin levels. Coffee can cause insulin resistance for a span of 100-180 minutes, according to a study. Therefore, it is best to allow insulin to do its thing before drinking coffee.

Key takeaways

In summary, if you want to reap the full benefits of your morning coffee, have a bite to eat first. While coffee can help you wake up in the morning, having breakfast will give you the energy you need to get through the day. Avoid sabotaging your long-term diet and weight-loss goals. Coffee itself is full of health benefits, but it has been shown that timing is important. Save coffee for a late-morning pick-me-up instead of it being the first thing you have in the morning.

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Written by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD Updated 2 weeks ago