Does drinking coffee have any health benefits? It is estimated that 78% of college students drink coffee. Black coffee has two calories per 8 oz. cup and provides small amounts of potassium, magnesium and niacin. Adding milk to a cup of coffee boosts the calcium and vitamin D content of the beverage, too.
It is recommended that coffee consumption be limited to two to three cups a day. This is 16-24 ounces which a safe quantity for most people. If coffee intake exceeds this amount, secondary issues such as heart rate increases, headaches, and dehydration may occur. As an athlete hydrate with water throughout the day and try not to consume coffee in excess. This will prevent any negative side effects of that “cup of joe”. Fuel smart!