Five Cups A Day Is OK
Put that guilt aside and pick up your coffee cup. According to the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture, consuming as many as five cups of coffee a day comes with some significant potential health benefits, including a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
The guidelines are updated every five years and form the basis for a wide range of initiatives, such as school lunch programs. They are developed by an expert federal panel comprised of nutritionists, medical and health experts, with input from industry and consumers.
According to the group, “Moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.” They base their conclusions on numerous studies conducted over an extended time period. When taken as a whole, the panel says they indicate that coffee consumption, heart disease, cancer and mortality are not related.
The evidence, they say, is “strong and consistent.”
For example, a 2013 meta-analysis by the Harvard School of Public Health examined 36 studies covering more than 1.2 million people. It concludes that about 3 ½ cups a day could be beneficial and was related to a 15 percent reduction in heart disease.
That study was preceded in 2008 by a meta-analysis of available research involving more than 400,000 people. The Chinese study concluded that consuming as much as seven cups a day does not increase the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and that “habitual moderate coffee drinking was associated with a lower risk of CHD in women.
Similarly, more recent studies in 2013 and 2014 and published in European and American journals of epidemiology indicate that drinking coffee is associated with lower death rates and those who consume three to four cups daily have the lowest risk of death by any cause
Enjoy that cup!