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Is Civet Coffee Bad For You?

Also Known As: kopi luwak, civet cat poop coffee



Short answer

Drinking Kopi Luwak in moderation can provide your body with a plethora of health benefits. It is not bad for you, but it is expensive!



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Long answer

You've most likely heard of Kopi Luwak (or civet coffee), even if you've never tried it before. Originating from Ethiopia and being produced with the civet cat's excrement (poop), this coffee is the most expensive in the world. It can cost 50 dollars for a single cup. But is Kopi Luwak bad for you? Studies show that three cups of this coffee can help prevent breast cancer - especially among women who are approaching the age of menopause. The coffee can also protect the skin, with studies showing that two cups of Kopi Luwak can reduce the risk of getting skin cancer by nearly 20%.

Kopi Luwak can also be beneficial when protecting the teeth from bacteria that can cause cavities. Many people swear by this coffee for improving their oral hygiene. Packed full of antioxidants, Kopi Luwak can also help to prevent life-threatening illnesses from developing later on in life, such as diabetes and Parkinson's.

Although Kopi Luwak might be a very healthy coffee variety, the same health precautions should be taken as when drinking any other type. This coffee contains caffeine, which can increase mental clarity and give you a boost of energy when you need it the most. However, too much caffeine can be a big no-no. Some of the side effects include jitteriness, elevated heart rate, and even migraines. Although this particular coffee is not bad for you, you should try and limit your caffeine intake. Doctors recommend no more than 2 to 3 cups of coffee per day.

Possible short-term side effects

  • jitteriness
  • increased heart rate
  • insomnia

Possible long-term side effects

  • increased blood pressure
  • circulatory strain

Ingredients to be aware of


  • fights breast cancer
  • decreased risk of skin cancer
  • fights cavities
  • decreased risk of diabetes
  • decreased risk of parkinson's

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Written by Healthy Living 35
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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Written by Healthy Living 35
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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