Despite overwhelming scientific evidence, popular myths on coffee and health continue to persist.
By Kyra Auffermann, NCA Digital Content & Communications Manager
Coffee plays an important role in the lives (or at least mornings) of most people — in the United States, nearly 80% of all adults drink coffee, typically at the start of their day.
Yet most coffee drinkers don’t have a good understanding of coffee: the plant, the way it is processed, or the precision of a “perfect” roast.
In fact, more coffee drinkers may have a good misunderstanding of coffee. And despite overwhelming evidence, myths persist — particularly when it comes to coffee and health.
Does coffee make you lose weight? Can it cure a hangover? Does it make you poop?
Millions of Americans drink coffee every day, but it remains one of the most misunderstood beverages on the planet.
The editors at Thrillist took a look at the facts behind a few widely-held coffee myths and misconceptions, according to science:
New research suggests that coffee’s potential health benefits are about more than caffeine.
Rutgers scientists have found a compound in coffee that may team up with caffeine to fight Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia — two progressive and currently incurable diseases associated with brain degeneration.
The discovery, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests these two compounds combined may become a therapeutic option to slow brain degeneration.
What science can teach us about coffee.
By Dr. Bob Arnot, author, The Coffee Lover’s Bible
Coffee may be the greatest nutritional miracle in our world today. What other delicious beverage gives you such a bright, optimistic outlook while making a tremendous impact on your overall health, well-being, and longevity?
Coffee is also one of the greatest indulgences, a sensory experience that rivals the best wines. How else can you make such a robust improvement with such minimal effort. That wasn’t always the case.
I’ve written more than a dozen books on nutrition including two on Coffee. When I was chief medical correspondent for Dateline NBC, Today, NBC Nightly News, and CBS Evening News from the 1980s into the 2000s, and most recently as a contributor on Dr. Oz, we were always on the lookout for the next great nutrition story.
Ironically, we were alert to stories about why coffee was bad for you. At that time, coffee had a reputation for causing harm, and most people feared that it was unhealthy.
Research suggests coffee associated with approximately 25% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
via the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC)
A report titled “Coffee and type 2 diabetes: A review of the latest research” highlights the potential role of coffee consumption on the reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and the potential mechanisms involved.
Both caffeinated and decaf coffee showed the protective effect against cognitive decline
Drinking coffee has previously been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Now, scientists may be closer to understanding why.
New research from the Krembil Research Institute examines how coffee helps protect against long-term cognitive decline — and it turns out that the roast might matter.
via Bill Murray, NCA President & CEO on LinkedIn
Daylight savings time is over — will you be grabbing an extra cup of coffee this afternoon?
A recent article in National Geographic looks at the latest research behind why you love (or don’t love) coffee.
Spoiler alert: It’s in your genes!
From antioxidants to acidity, how is cold brew different from hot coffee?
Cold brew is the hottest trend in coffee: The domestic cold brew coffee market grew 580% from 2011 to 2016, according to research from Mintel.
Now, new research from Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University found chemical differences between hot and cold brew coffee, which may have potential health impacts.
From health and nutrition to the consumption championship, here are some coffee-focused highlights from the (dangerously addicting) New York Times‘ digital archives, The Timesmachine:
Waiting an hour or two could optimize the benefits of caffeine
Behind the Health Headlines: Caffeine
Ghosts, gremlins, the G train in Brooklyn: October is a season for all things grim and ghoulish.
For many of us, few terrors can compare to the theoretical horror of a morning without coffee. 82% of coffee drinkers have coffee at breakfast in the US, according to the NCA National Coffee Drinking Trends report.
Yet in light of the latest research, nutrition and dietary experts are suggesting that having your first cup of caffeine cup a little later in the day offers maximum benefits.