Remember that old TV jingle about “the best part of waking up”? Most guys would probably agree that coffee is a lot like sex; it gives a hop to your step.

While coffee is an inseparable part of your morning routine, there are mixed messages about whether your cup of java is actually good or bad for you. Find out how it can be good for you:

The Good

  • Antioxidants – a cup of coffee delivers a huge boost of antioxidants which helps prevent muscle damage throughout your body.
  • Caffeine! – need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up? Caffeine boosts alertness and productivity.
  • Acts like an antidepressant – a study done by the National Institute of Health found that people who drink coffee were less likely to be depressed than those who never drank it.

The Bad

  • Too much of a good thing – overdoing the coffee can lead to a crappier sleep, irritability and heart burn. Try to keep your coffee consumption to no more than 3 cups a day, and no later than 3pm in the afternoon. Just like booze, know your limit and stay within it.

The Ugly

  • Use less (or nix) additives – refined sugar like flavoured syrups and creamers could be sabotaging your weight loss goals, or worse, long term use of these additives could increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. Cut back a bit (and see if you notice the difference), or try going sugar-free and using 2%, skim or almond milk instead.

The Verdict
Like many things, there are pros and cons to drinking coffee, so just be aware of the amount you consume and what you put in it. For something new, try cold-brewed coffee: it’s less acidic so it’s easier on your gut, and it tastes sweeter and creamier than its percolated counterpart.

Tip: Instead of regular ice cubes freeze coffee in an ice cube tray and use them in your cold coffee so it doesn’t get watered down!

Coffee is dehydrating, so remember to add an extra glass of water per coffee cup you consume each day.