Should You Drink Coffee on an Empty Stomach?

We all – well most all of us – get up in the morning and start brewing coffee. Sometimes, we even skip breakfast or just grab some toast before we start the day.

Is it healthy to drink coffee on an empty stomach? It is a controversial topic, with some professionals suggesting that you should avoid it and others saying it’s okay.

You have to start with the basics. Black coffee is acidic. However, it has a pH level like bananas, so for most people it isn’t be a problem.

All the professionals agree that black arabica coffee contains antioxidants and polyphenols that are beneficial. There are long term studies finding that coffee promotes longevity, protection from Alzheimers and diabetes, and weight control, among other benefits. Coffee’s most significant benefit may be that it is a mood enhancer. We feel better after a few sips of coffee. It relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Some professionals believe that drinking coffee on an empty stomach is not a problem. However, other professionals claim that drinking coffee on an empty stomach could lead to digestive issues, blood sugar imbalance, bloating, nausea, indigestion, increased stress levels, and increased stomach acid.

While there a numerous studies on the effects of coffee, there aren’t any which focus just on drinking coffee on an empty stomach. So, all of the professional opinions are anecdotal and just their best guess.

So, if you’re sensitive to acidic foods, it’s best to avoid drinking coffee on an empty stomach. After all, if it hurts, don’t do it—it’s that simple.

Bon Appettit

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