Study after study has found that coffee has a host of potential health benefits. Yet there’s still a lot of confusion among consumers and in the media.
Surprisingly, 69% of Americans report that they have not even heard of any studies related to coffee and disease prevention, according to recent NCA market research.
And despite the fact that people already have less than the 3-5 cups daily recommended for optimal physical benefit, limiting caffeine intake was cited as the leading reason to cut coffee consumption.
Here’s a quick glance at some of the most common misconceptions on coffee and health – and what the science really says.
To learn more about coffee, caffeine, and health, join the NCA Science Leadership Council for the Coffee Science Fair at the NCA Convention in Atlanta, March 7-9.
A massive meta-analysis suggests that the benefits of daily coffee consumption outweigh the risk.
“The bottom line is that we suggest [coffee] can be a good part of a healthy diet.”
– Robin Poole, University of Southampton
Science continues to suggest that coffee is good for you.
Based on a systematic umbrella review of 201 meta-analyses recently published in the BMJ, researchers from the University of Southampton found that moderate coffee consumption was more often associated with benefit than harm.
Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day showed the greatest benefit in terms of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke, versus not drinking coffee. (Drinking coffee beyond these amounts was not associated with harm, but the benefits were less pronounced.)
Not only can your morning cup of coffee help prevent cancer, protect your liver, and even extend your life – it may also keep your heart healthy.
New analysis of one of the largest and longest-running studies in the U.S. links drinking coffee to a lower risk of heart failure, stroke, and coronary heart disease.