“HOW many cups of coffee do you drink per day?!” I was asked.
“4 cups, usually,” was my nonchalant reply.
Heavy coffee drinking seems to have a negative health stigma to it. This conversation literally just happened to me a week ago.
And, I had always known that coffee drinking had its health benefits. We have written about it multiple times here, after all. But, rather than go on a rant about its health effects, perhaps even I thought that 4 cups was a bit much. Perhaps I am overdoing it?
Well, not according to a new meta study on coffee drinking, The Guardian reports.
A meta study is a study of a bunch of other studies. Meta studies are able to take in a lot more information this way, and draw broader conclusions. This meta study looked at 201 other coffee-related observational studies and 17 clinical trials, and came to a wide range of very positive conclusions.
To summarize, heavy coffee drinking health benefits are numerous.
Those who drink 3 or 4 cups of coffee per day had the highest health benefits, the researchers said.
The study revealed that those who drank that much coffee were less likely to die by ANY cause. But, that they also had specific benefits tied to less frequently coming down with diabetes, heart disease, and numerous cancers.
However, when it comes to heavy coffee drinking health benefits, it does seem that three cups per day is the sweet spot.
The largest reduction in relative risk of premature death is seen in people consuming three cups a day, compared with non-coffee drinkers. Drinking more than three cups a day was not linked to harm, but the beneficial effects were less pronounced.
So, at the very least, it seems like the outrageously surprised person worried about my coffee consumption is off the mark.
Although, it seems I’m getting the health benefits, just not at the peak amount.
Or am I?
I generally only drink coffee five days per week. So, 5×4= 20 cups, and 7×3=21 which is the perfect amount according to this study.
Thank goodness. I almost had to take a long hard look in the mirror and change my ways.
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