Should you drink your coffee before or with your breakfast?
A lot of people start their day with a fresh cup of coffee. Some people can’t even function without it. But because coffee is also pretty acidic, drinking coffee before breakfast might not be the best option for everyone. Find out when you should drink your coffee in the morning.
According to the Nutrition Twins, Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames, there is nothing wrong with drinking coffee on an empty stomach. As long as you’re stomach isn’t overly sensitive. They told Well + Good: “For many people, drinking coffee on an empty stomach is fine, but for others who are sensitive, it can trigger nausea as well as gastroesophageal reflux.” That means that for some people, it would be better to drink their coffee after they have eaten something.
But some people might be affected by caffeine in different ways. There are people who get anxious or twitchy from drinking coffee. Especially if they drink it on an empty stomach. That is why these people could benefit from drinking their coffee with their breakfast. Just to slow down the effects that caffeine might have on you. According to the Nutrition Twins, this is because some bodies process caffeine faster than others. This means that the time of day you should drink coffee, is completely dependent on how you feel when you drink it.
Stephanie Nelson, lead nutrition scientist at MyFitnessPal, told Well + Good: “If you drink coffee on an empty stomach and the effects bother you, then you’re better off eating something with your coffee. However, if you don’t experience stomach issues after drinking coffee on an empty stomach, there’s nothing harmful about drinking coffee before breakfast.”
Time of day
But there might be a perfect time to get your daily dose of caffeine. And that is not right when you wake up. According to the Nutrition Twins, your body produces a lot of cortisol after you wake up. That means that you will already get a natural energy boost right after you get out of bed. If you wait a couple of hours after you wake up and then drink your first cup of coffee, you will get more of the benefits of caffeine. According to Well + Good they said: “The caffeine from the coffee will benefit you more if you wait a couple of hours for cortisol levels to drop before drinking it.”
So form now on, you will never wake up tired and groggy because you know exactly when to have to first cup of joe!
Source: Well + Good | Image: Unsplash, João Marcelo Martins