National Coffee Day: The Good, The Bad, And The Free


Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day. As you enjoy your favorite cup of joe, here are the health benefits and risks of drinking coffee, and where you could possibly get your next free cup.

National Coffee Day

In celebration of National Coffee Day, you may want to know which establishments to go to for a free cup of coffee. Your local coffee shops may have their own promos to celebrate the day, but some big names are also taking part in the celebration.

Dunkin' Donuts offers to celebrate the day with a friend as every purchase of any medium, large, or extra-large coffee will get you a free medium cup of coffee, while Tim Hortons is also celebrating at its American stores by offering customers with the Tim Hortons app either a free original blend, decaf, dark roast, or iced coffee at the size of their choice. Krispy Kreme is having an extended celebration as they are offering their hot coffee or iced coffee for free throughout the entire weekend. Similarly, on-the-go 7Rewards members can also enjoy one coupon which entitles them to any size of 7-Eleven's coffee from Sept. 29's National Coffee Day until International Coffee Day on Oct. 1.

Health Benefits And Risks Of Coffee

Coffee is the leading beverage worldwide, and researchers are continuously looking into the beverage's benefits and risks. Thanks to its health-promoting properties, some of coffee's main and most-known health benefits include protection against malignant cells, optimization of metabolism, and protection against diseases such as Parkinson's disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. In fact, two large studies published last July stated that drinking coffee could even help you live longer.

On the other hand, too much caffeine could lead to migraines, stomach problems, irritability, palpitations, and insomnia. Further, sleep deprivation brought about by excessive coffee intake could also lead to mood disorders and anxiety-related symptoms such as extreme nervousness and tremors.

As with most things, moderation is the key. In the case of coffee, perhaps it's best to limit the intake to 600 milligrams of caffeine as per the FDA's assessment. That is about four to seven cups of coffee.

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