Moderate coffee drinking could be good for you, says new research

Moderate coffee drinking could be good for you, says new research

Moderate coffee drinking could be good for you, says new research

"I think now we can be reasonably reassured that overall, coffee drinking is a safe habit", Dr Eliseo Guallar, Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, mentioned in his editorial which accompanied the study.

Folks who drink multiple cups of coffee per day are less likely to have risks of premature death and heart disease than those who don't drink coffee at all, researchers concluded on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Three or four cups a day confer the greatest benefit, the scientists said, except for women who are pregnant or who have a higher risk of suffering fractures.

Coffee drinking was also associated with lower risk of certain cancers - including prostate, endometrial, skin and liver cancer - as well as diabetes, liver disease and dementia.

People consuming three cups of coffee a day were seen to have a reduction in premature death in comparison to the people who do not take coffee.

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To better understand the effects of coffee consumption on health, a team led by Robin Poole, from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, carried out an umbrella review of 201 studies. Those who drink three or four cups of coffee every day could significantly reduce the chances of early death, a study suggests.

"Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverages worldwide".

The studies used mainly observational data, providing lower quality evidence, so no firm conclusions could be drawn about cause and effect, but the findings do back up other recent reviews and studies of coffee intake. Drinking above that number in the same period didn't appear to show any harm, although the benefits were less apparent. "There is a balance of risks in life, and the benefits of moderate consumption of coffee seem to outweigh the risks". They warned people should not start drinking coffee, or increasing their intake, for health reasons.

What do you make of this new research? They also urge coffee drinkers to stick to "healthy coffees", so your Venti Iced Toffee Nut Latte with Hazelnuts and White Chocolate Mocha Sauce might be off the menu. Finally, coffee is often consumed with products rich in refined sugars and unhealthy fats, 'and these may independently contribute to adverse health outcomes, ' he adds.

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