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Why You Should Drink More Coffee

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Chances are that if you are reading this coffee blog or are a regular Cafe2U customer, then you don’t need any further persuasion to drink coffee.


But if you are on the fence when it comes to the world’s second favourite beverage (after water of course) – or if you think that drinking too much coffee isn’t good for your health – then perhaps we can twist your arm with the following article, courtesy of the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.


The Health Benefits of Coffee


Recently, coffee was branded as being officially “healthy” by the aforementioned committee.

You can see for yourself by visiting the following link:


http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/PDFs/Scientific-Report-of-the-2015-Dietary-Guidelines-Advisory-Committee.pdf


The report affirms that there is strong evidence to suggest that drinking between three to five cups of coffee per day (or up to 400mg/d caffeine) does no harm at all and, what’s more, that research consistently shows how drinking coffee can significantly reduce the risk of getting type 2 diabetes and heart disease.     


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In addition, there is also empirical evidence which indicates that drinking coffee can help protect against Parkinson’s disease.


And, furthermore, a meta-analysis which featured the results of 59 studies, suggests that coffee may actually reduce the risk of many cancers including pancreatic, liver, breast and prostate cancer.


Plus, another meta-analysis found that four cups or more a day did not increase the risk of stroke but may, in fact, reduce it – although the authors say the studies they included were not of high quality.


However, the report does take umbrage with other high-caffeine drinks, such as energy drinks like Red Bull and Relentless, and recommends that these be drunk sparingly by adults and avoided altogether by adolescents.


But coffee, on the other hand, does not contain enough caffeine, like those drinks listed above, to cause any negative effects such as insomnia, jitteriness and palpitations.

Good news, then, for all of us coffee addicts – time to stop worrying and order another cuppa!


(Mine’s currently a Cafe2U Hazelnut Latte – if anyone’s offering!)


However, remember – and common sense should apply here – that these health benefits only apply to regular black or white coffee.


Knocking back those creamy, sugar coated Frappuccinos is not going to do your body any long-term good…


Over to you


What do you think about this latest report from the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee?


Does it make you want to drink more coffee?


As ever, remember to get in touch with us here at the Cafe2U Blog with your comments/questions/suggestions – we love hearing from you guys!


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