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Coffee And Health: What The Science Says

We may only consider coffee as our favorite beverage for boosting our energy to wake us up, but it is so much more than that.

Here are some recent evidence-based findings for this delicious hot beverage:

Coffee is related with a lowered risk of death for people who do not smoke.

–          A research found that people who do not smoke, drank up to 3 cups per day had 6-8% reduced risk of dying than people who do not drink coffee. And those who drank more than 5 cups per day had 12-15% lower death rates. This research also indicates that the other ingredients may have beneficial health effects such as: lignans, flavonoids, magnesium and alkaloids.

Coffee is full of beneficial compounds.

–          Even though caffeine is a very famous studied component of this drink, the beverage also contains minerals, vitamins, and anti-inflammatory polyphenols. Drinking coffee lowers the risk of many diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Researchers think that this combination of compounds delivers that effect.

Drinking 1-2 cups of coffee per day during pregnancy is safe and does not negatively impact behavior and IQ.

–          The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), declares that about 2 cups of coffee per day (up to 200 mg of caffeine) is safe for pregnant women. A lot of studies did not succeed in finding negative effects of drinking coffee while pregnant, on development and growth of children.

Compounds in roasted coffee beans are not sustained by studies in humans, as there are some health concerns.

–          There is a compounds called acrylamide, which is formed in high-temperature cooking processes in some foods and is also included in roasted coffee beans. This compound, in a study, was established as cancerous where the objects (animals), were exposed to high doses. But, keep in mind that this compound has also been in the food stock for centuries and the low levels in food are below the daily exposure required for adverse health effects.

However, these studies are mostly observational, and can only prove connections and not that coffee causes the outcomes directly. So try to enjoy it, because the evidence shows that drinking a few cups a day is definitely not harmful, but in fact beneficial to our health.

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