We all get frustrated when we listen to a news report touting all the health benefits of a certain food, and then the following month another news report describes all the ways that same food is trying to kill us. Most of the time, we receive conflicting advice because the answer is not straightforward. Such is the case with coffee.
A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine tries to put the issue of coffee and our health to rest. The authors’ take home message: caffeinated coffee doesn’t increase your risk for heart disease or cancer, and in fact, three to five cups a day can actually reduce your risk of certain diseases.
Coffee itself is loaded with phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals that help reduce oxidative stress in the body, improve the gut microbiome, and regulate glucose and fat metabolism. This where all the health benefits of coffee come from.
But the caffeine found in coffee is where many of its problems lie. Caffeine affects nearly all of...