Bring on the Coffee Please

Who wouldn’t like an excuse to drink more coffee?

It’s a bit of a joke at work that I always have a cup of black coffee in my hand.  So, a little research that supports my favorite drink is welcome.

The recent release of the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee states that strong evidence shows that the consumption of coffee within the moderate range (3 to 5 cups per day or 400 mg/d of caffeine) is not associated with increased long-term health risks among healthy individuals.

The latest research also gives evidence that coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults.  There may also be evidence of a protective association between coffee and Parkinson’s disease, although it is a bit too early to determine.

One of the research studies examining the decrease in diabetes risk with coffee is here.  Please note that this study was performed on women and the benefit was seen with regular and decaffeinated coffee!  More research would be helpful to study which component of coffee, if not the caffeine, is responsible for the benefit.

As always, your mileage may vary.  Some people, such as those with heart arrhythmias, should not be drinking coffee or drinks with caffeine.  Caffeine can also interact with medications and stimulants, so please talk to your doctor about your own situation before increasing your intake if this applies to you.

When you do have your coffee,  beware of adding calories, saturated fats and sugars from cream, milk and sweeteners. Some espresso drinks can really pack a punch with calories.  You could opt for the skim version of many drinks if really want your mocha.  Who wouldn’t rather eat their calories than drink them?

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J Lee Jenkins, MD, MSc, FACEP is a practicing board-certified emergency physician and researcher in emergency public health. She can also be found on twitter (twitter.com/jleejenkins).

Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only. This blog is not intended to provide personal medical advice. As always, please consult with your personal doctor prior to making any changes to your health regimen.

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