Coffee is my guilty pleasure, or so multiple media outlets would have me believe. If starting the day off with coffee is some kind of nutritional sin, then I’ll go to confession weekly. As I sit here drinking my third cup, I am wondering how much coffee is too much?
Like the Coronavirus, there is a whole bunch of information out there that seems to change regularly. Some of the most fit people I know crush coffee. Don’t know how many cups they drink a day, but I do know it’s more than one, and they are in killer shape. A little research for answers and it turns out there is quite a bit written about coffee drinking.
Boom! You can drink coffee and some is even good for you!
WebMD and health.com websites sited The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) as their source for credible information. Being the skeptic that I am, I couldn’t find any data revealing their biggest sponsor to be Folgers Coffee, so their information seems legit. Turns out, the AJCN is “The most highly rated peer-reviewed, primary research journal in nutrition and dietetics. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition publishes the latest research on topics in nutrition, such as obesity, vitamins and minerals, nutrition and disease, and energy metabolism.”
A study conducted by researchers from the University of South Australia suggested that drinking six (6) or more cups of coffee per day may increase your risk of heart disease by up to 22%. They analyzed the health records and self-reported dietary patterns of 347,077 participants between the ages of 37 and 73 — not a bad sample size. That many people, I think we can agree the data should be fairly accurate (given the rule that each study will be within 2% to 3% margin of error). I’ll buy those results and limit my consumption to five (5).
Also, according to an article in Time Magazine, drinking up to eight (8) ounces of coffee a day is good for you. The indulgence can actually help you live longer.
Note to self: no more guilt over that afternoon cup!