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Okay I’m a little late to the party with this information, but still want to share it with you in case you didn’t hear about it the first time round.
Last year the British Medical Journal released a study that suggested drinking 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day may help reduce the risk of “all cause mortality”.
I’m a massive coffee lover and any good news I hear about this gorgeous brown nectar is music to my ears!
Plus I currently drink that amount of black coffee a day anyway.
Numerous studies and reports continue to bestow the virtues of coffee and how it can have beneficial affects on our health.
See my article: How Coffee Loves Us Back
The latest study from from the Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh state that drinking three or four cups of coffee per day was more likely to benefit your health than harm it.
In fact, they suggest a high versus low consumption was associated with a lower risk of liver disease, dying from a stroke, and an 18% lower risk of incident cancer.
The study took into account over 200 previous studies (most of which were observational) on coffee consumption, and concluded coffee drinking can be deemed safe, except for certain subgroups like pregnant women.
Now before we all start high fiving each other, it’s important to note that this was an “umbrella study” linking coffee consumption with many diseases and therefore making a lot of assumptions.
Professor Paul Roderick, co-author of the study, from the faculty of medicine at University of Southampton, said the review could not say if coffee intake had made the difference.
“Factors such as age, whether people smoked or not and how much exercise they took could all have had an effect,” he said.
Guallar, who worked on an editorial accompanying the study, adds more research still has to be done.
“Coffee drinkers have better health outcomes that non-drinkers, but this does not necessarily mean that coffee drinking improves health,”
Dr. Eliseo Guallar of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tells Global News:
“At this point, we are not sure if coffee reduces the risk of disease or if it appears beneficial because of its association with other habits or characteristics of coffee drinkers.”
This latest study which takes account of over 200 other coffee studies is by no means suggesting coffee is responsible for lowering risks of disease.
It has observed that those people who drink 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day seemed to have lower mortality risks than non coffee drinkers.
This may or may not be because of other lifestyle factors and so more targeted studies need to take place.
Still..it falls into the “good news” category surrounding coffee, rather than “bad news”.