In decades past, coffee has received a bad rep in terms of what it could do to your health. However, recent studies have debunked conventional beliefs that coffee is linked to higher rates of cancer or heart disease.
In a report by Time, new research by Dr. Rob van Dam, a nutrition expert at Harvard’s School of Public Health, has revealed some health benefits of drinking that morning Cup of Joe.
Van Dam’s study gathered data and analyze the health of roughly 130,000 adults spanning 24 years. No evidence was discovered that links drinking coffee to increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases or cancer. This is also assuming you were to drink 48-ounces of coffee a day. They even saw some indication that people who drink coffee regularly may also find a slight drop in mortality risk than those who didn’t.
In other studies, coffee has been said to protect you from Parkinson’s disease and lower your risk of type-2 diabetes and some cancers.
However, before all you coffee-addicts rejoice, van Dam advises that certain people need to be careful. Pregnant women should limit their coffee intake, as there has been a small correlation between coffee consumption and miscarriage. Those with cholesterol problems should also watch out. Compounds called cafestol, found in coffee beans, could raise LDL cholesterol. Lastly, van Dam reminds us that his study is not an excuse to think that it’s suddenly o.k. to drink so much coffee that your heart is racing and you can’t sleep.
Van Dam says that people who drink black coffee will enjoy the full health benefits, as opposed to those to like it blended into different sugar-filled mixtures. So, say no to that caramel macchiato! Maybe try butter instead?