Q: "Are all the health benefits and detractors of coffee related to the caffeine content? Does any other part of the coffee bean contain any health benefits?"
Jacquelyne Ladner, via email
A: Advanced accredited practising dietitian Lisa Yates says:
“Coffee’s benefits are not just related to its caffeine content. Coffee consumption may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer and liver disease. There’s even some evidence that coffee can help manage asthma or stop a headache. Like tea, coffee is a rich source of natural antioxidants, particularly chlorogenic acids, which may help with insulin sensitivity (and reduce the risk of diabetes). Two cups of average strength instant coffee (between 60–120mg caffeine) a day is fine, but if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant, drink fewer than two a day. Stick to small cups, with low-fat or skim milk and go easy on the sweeteners.”