Unpacking my new coffee machine today, I thought I better make sure I am not putting lives at risk!
The first thing I found online put my mind at ease.
"For most people [who] choose to drink coffee, the benefits probably outweigh the risks," says Donald Hensrud, chair of the division of preventive medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
There you have it – for me that’s enough. For those of you that don’t know the Mayo clinic, it is the first and largest integrated not-for-profit medical group practice in the world.
Ok, I did look a bit further, I couldn’t help myself….
Recent research suggests that regular coffee consumption may reduce the risk of health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and liver cancer—and regular coffee drinkers might even live longer.
This is believed to be related to the presence of antioxidants and fiber.
Those that talk badly of coffee cite studies that have suggested coffee increases blood pressure and can increase risks of heart attack. This research was then countered by new research showing that for ‘Chronic’ coffee drinkers, their bodies are used to the caffeine and it has hardly any effect on blood pressure compared to an infrequent drinker.
Let’s read between the lines here. It sounds to me that consistency is the key to healthy coffee drinking.
So until the next research paper swings the evidence in the other direction, I’m quite comfortable with one or two coffees a day.