Coffee lovers we have great news! For a long time, coffee was considered a guilty pleasure. It was something that people drank in spite of the effects on their health. Now it looks like coffee is actually good for you! Some of the latest research, a study published in the journal Circulation – even suggests drinking coffee may enhance your longevity. It’s sure to be welcome news for the 61 percent of Americans who drink coffee
In a study that followed more than 200,000 people for up to 30 years, researchers collected data on participants’ diet and behavior, including coffee drinking. Among non-smokers, those who drank one cup of coffee a day had a six percent reduced risk of death compared to those who drank no coffee. Drinking one to three cups a day lowered death risk by eight percent while three to five cups daily resulted in a 15 percent lower risk. Drinking coffee was also associated with a lower risk of death from a number of diseases including heart disease
In the featured study, benefits increased up to five cups a day, but then seemed to taper off. Americans can safely consume up to five cups of coffee a day, or approximately 400 milligrams of caffeine, with no detrimental effects.
The important part is understanding serving sizes, which is difficult for some people. Just because your favorite coffee houses sell coffee in a 24oz cup doesn;t make that a serving. A typical serving is five to eight ounces with about 100 mg of caffeine. A small cup at many coffee houses starts at 12 ounces while a large cup may hold 20 to 24 ounces.
We have addressed serving sizes and weight management in other posts. Understanding what you are consuming is important to your overall health. Make sure you are reading labels and asking questions about what it is your coffee and in your food. We want you to be your best self, and it starts with making healthy choices in your life and your diet! Contact us if you have any questions!