Nutrition 1 MIN READ

Java Jolt: Coffee’s role in glucose metabolism

Written by Team Ultrahuman

Nov 01, 2022

Coffee can have an effect on glucose levels, but the extent of that effect can depend on a number of factors. Caffeine in coffee can interfere with the body’s ability to regulate glucose, leading to higher glucose levels in some people — more so for people with type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance. Adding sugar or other sweeteners to coffee can significantly increase glucose levels, even more than caffeine alone.

Stabilising your glucose levels while drinking coffee
• Drinking decaffeinated coffee can have a stabilizing effect on your glucose levels. Try decaffeinated coffee and monitor your glucose levels to identify its effects.
• Drinking black coffee or coffee with low-calorie natural sweeteners may help minimize glucose fluctuations.
• Drink coffee before a meal. Carbohydrates in a meal can spike blood glucose levels; on drinking coffee after a meal, the caffeine in coffee can release cortisol, which further increases glucose release and affects blood glucose levels.
• Consider pairing your coffee with a boiled egg, nuts, or Greek yogurt. Consuming protein with your coffee may help to reduce the impact on your glucose levels.
• Limit your coffee consumption to within acceptable limits. The FDA recommends that healthy adults consume no more than 4-5 cups of coffee (400 milligrams of caffeine from coffee).

Additionally, caffeine has a stimulating effect that may prevent you from falling asleep, which could also decrease insulin sensitivity. Experiment with L-theanine or Taurine to reduce the jitters caused by coffee. Moderate caffeine consumption has notable advantages. It can enhance your cognitive function, increase your metabolism, and improve your mood. Therefore, it is crucial to learn how to regulate your coffee intake to enjoy its benefits to the fullest.

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