Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Drink More Coffee

The report of the government's 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is good news for caffeine addicts. Coffee, and lots of it, might be good for you.
Not only can people stop worrying about whether drinking coffee is bad for them, according to the panel, they might even want to consider drinking a bit more. 
The panel cited minimal health risks associated with drinking between three and five cups per day. It also said that consuming as many as five cups of coffee each day (400 mg) is tied to several health benefits, including a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. 
"We saw that coffee has a lot of health benefits," said Miriam Nelson, a professor at Tufts University and one of the committee’s members. "Specifically when you're drinking more than a couple cups per day."

The emphasis is mine. The committee's report concludes that three to five cups of coffee a day is considered "moderate" consumption. Reports indicate most American probably drink much less than that. My own intake might be a bit above average some days.

Combined with the reported health benefits of beer, I'll happily continue to take my medicine. You might want to drink your coffee while sitting though.

4 comments:

  1. I once asked my doctor during my annual physical if he had a program that could help me wean myself off coffee. He answered that of course he did, and he would be happy to give me a copy and help me use it . . .

    But good God WHY?

    I like him.

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    1. BTW his response when I asked for blood lead testing - be sure to wear hearing protection when you shoot. Turns out he is a revolver man.

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    2. Even better! Both my regular doc and my eye dr are gun guys. Visits take longer due to chatting though.

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