Now that we’ve established that both coffee and espresso can fit into a healthy lifestyle, there are some necessary caveats we have to share. First: Steer clear of added sugar—that includes refined sugar and artificial sweeteners, according to Li. “Added sugars stress your metabolism, while artificial sweeteners can damage your healthy gut bacteria,” he says.
Another pro tip: Don’t overdo it, and give yourself a cutoff point. Consume no more than 400 milligrams of caffeine per day and try to stop drinking caffeine around noon—or even earlier if you’re sensitive. “Since good quality sleep is important for overall health, including immunity and metabolism, you might want to keep your coffee drinking to daytime hours,” says Li.
At the end of the day, Li recommends titrating the amount you drink to your own tolerance levels, since everyone responds to coffee and caffeine differently.
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