Between the very necessary cup first thing in the morning and a warming drink to accompany your catch-up with friends, coffee is a go-to drink for millions of Britons.
However, nutritionist Simrun Chopra has warned the black beverage isn’t for everyone.
The expert shared the following groups of people should avoid the drink on her Instagram:
- Slow metabolisers
- Those dealing with anxiety
- Pregnant people.
Those who have a slow metabolism may have a disrupted sleep cycle after consuming the drink, she said.
She explained that everyone metabolises coffee differently. In the caption, Chopra penned: “Slow metabolisers are people who don’t process caffeine effectively.
“They get adversely affected like getting the jitters, get too alert or anxious for up to nine hours after consumption.
“Fast metabolisers on the other hand get a boost of energy…whether it is good or bad for you depends how you metabolise it.”
If you are dealing with anxiety or have a history of panic attacks, coffee can make you feel very wired, said Chopra.
Finally, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding coffee should be avoided. The NHS advises all drinks with significant levels of caffeine such as coffee, cola and energy drinks should be avoided as there is no known safe level of caffeine.
Limited coffee consumption offers some perks like better memory and improved reaction time, said Chopra.
She advised: “Drinking one to two cups a day can be beneficial in the long run however I am assuming that you don’t consume too many other things with caffeine like caffeine drink, energy drinks etc.”
Chopra’s tips are:
1. Drink a maximum of one to two cups a day (3-5mg per kg of body weight)
2. Avoid filling it with milk, cream, or tone of sugar – you get no benefit from coffee then
3. If you are a slow metaboliser reduce consumption to one cup a day, preferably in the morning
4. Drink it when you really need it
5. Avoid having caffeinated beverages with food as they can inhibit the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals
6. If having as a pre-workout have it 30 to 60 minutes before. Blood levels of caffeine are maximum 60 minutes post consumption but effects are noticed within 30 minutes.