Drinking down a cup of coffee before the first meal of the day is a big mistake.
For many people, the day only begins after they enjoy a cup of coffee. Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition suggests it’s better to eat something before drinking coffee for the sake of your health.
Subjects were asked to undergo 3 different conditions in random order:
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– A person who has a normal sleep at night, then has a sugary drink in the morning
– A person is woken up every 5 minutes and has a sugary drink for breakfast
A person with disrupted sleep is given a cup of coffee half an hour before a sugary beverage in the morning.
After taking blood samples from the participants, the researchers found that those who drank coffee before consuming the sugary beverage had a 50% spike in blood sugar compared to the other subjects.
The researchers say that although drinking coffee has many effects, taking it before breakfast increases insulin resistance. Over time, this leads to an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.
“Our blood sugar control is impaired when the first food our bodies absorb is coffee, especially after a sleepless night,” said study co-author James Betts.
Besides, drinking coffee early in the morning is not the best way to get the most out of the energy boost you’re hoping for.
Experts judge that the best way is to follow the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, which is released during the day. Assuming you wake up at 6:30 a.m., the best time to drink caffeinated coffee is between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to avoid any adverse reactions.