Does drinking coffee help to lose weight?

There are those who cannot bear their bitter and toasty taste, but also those who claim that if they do not take one when they get up "they are not people." Those who take it alone, American style or with a little milk. Those who prefer the comfort of capsules and who choose to prepare it in a more traditional way, with an Italian coffee maker. Those who sweeten it with sugar and who prefer sweeteners. The range of possibilities to drink coffee is ample and the drink has more and more followers, according to the data handled by the non-profit organization coffee forum. However, beyond our tastes, do we really know how our body affects this beverage? Is it the same to take it one way or another? We spoke with Ramón de Cangas, dietitian-nutritionist member of the Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and doctor in Molecular and functional biology to explain some basic questions.

The coffee, which is obtained from the roasted and ground seeds of a plant that receives the same name, "is rich polyphenols — which are antioxidants — and small amounts of some minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, selenium and magnesium, some vitamins of group B ( Pantothenic acid and folic acid) and some vitamin K. " But its main component, the one responsible for this drink to be a recognized stimulant, is caffeine. But the substance is not only known for helping to be alert, it is also attributed the ability to help lose weight.

"Some scientific studies suggest it, but there is not enough evidence to be able to conclude that it is. In the best of cases are statistically significant losses, but obviously clinically non-relevant, "clarifies the expert. In other words, it is not possible to say that coffee has the quality of accelerating the metabolism, which helps to lose weight, or that inflate to coffee helps us to slimdown.

In fact, the way we take it can cause the opposite effect. It is not the same to have a coffee only one with milk, and the amount of candy that we put is also a relevant detail. "Studies suggest that some components of milk may decrease the efficacy of coffee," says De Cangas. And with regard to sugar, the expert is clear: "His presence increases the kilocalories ingested from free sugars, something that does not interest." Remember that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends to maintain its intake in a maximum of 25 grams a day (six teaspoons).

Nor should we spend the amount of coffee we take. Although the Diestista-nutritionist clarifies that it is difficult to measure in cups, the reference is "between 100 and 300 milligrams of caffeine per day. We must try not to get over that dose, "he says. The Cafçe is a world in which it is best to enter with a good guide, as there are numerous tricks to prepare the healthiest coffee and enjoy the experience better.