A lot of adults now (like me and you, I believe) are from a generation that grew up hearing that the habit of drinking coffee was harmful for our health. With more and more studies being performed, we now know all the benefits that coffee and caffeine consumption can actually do to further our well being.
Don’t believe the myths, because the potential health benefits of coffee are remarkably substantial!
We saw already in a previous post that a research study from Harvard School of Public Health found drinking coffee every day can promote longevity, for example. The result is very different from the common sense, no?
The science is pro-coffee!
Every year new studies pop up showing the benefits of drinking coffee sparingly. An analysis published in 2005 found that those who drank at least six or seven cups of coffee a day regularly could have about three times less risks of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The latest study, published in 2014, used information of 28 studies that collectively had around 1.1 million participants. Again, the researchers concluded that the more you drink caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, the less your odds were of having diabetes.
As we already published in this blog, drinking coffee is also associated with low risk for liver disease and developing cirrhosis. A meta-analysis (a study of studies, in which data are pooled and analyzed together) published in 2007 found that this wasn’t the only benefit for this part of the body. Adding two cups of coffee a day could be associated with a 40 percent lower risk of developing liver cancer! Two other recent studies got the same conclusions.
Coffee is good for your heart!
To blast one more myth about coffee, other meta-analysis from 2014 that focused on long-term consumption of coffee and the risk of cardiovascular disease showed that those who consumed about three to five cups of coffee every day were at the lowest risk for cardiovascular problems. The researchers used 36 studies involving more than one million participants!
Another meta-analysis concentrated on the assossiation of drinking coffee and heart failure. Once more, moderate consumption linked the lowest risk with those who consumed four cups every day.
So can I drink 10 mochas a day and be super healthy?
The answer is: NO.
It’s never been more important to be clear. All these benefits come from coffee, the “real” coffee. We are obviously not talking about the mostly milk and sugar coffee-based drinks that lots of people consume. So... no coffee with chocolate, caramel, cream and lots of sugar. These options sold by famous coffee or food franchises can have more than 1,000 calories per drink! Regular brewed black coffee has no fat or carbohydrates and has five or fewer calories in each cup. Can you see the difference?
We’re not suggesting that you need to drink more coffee to be healthier. But having moderate amounts is usually associated to lower rates of a variety of diseases – the opposite of the long held common belief that caffeine will kill you on a long term.
Let’s be realisitc. We don’t need to give coffee to little kids, after all caffeine still has many side effects that you might want to avoid for the kids. And, of course, let’s not start drinking 20 cups of coffee every day.
The most important point of all of this is: coffee is not the villain we have bene lead to believe! We can enjoy it with moderation, knowing that it will bring more advantages than detriments for our bodies.