Coffee as a Health Beverage

Regular coffee drinkers can delight in more than just their morning beverage. A recent online article published on the New York Times website titled, “More Consensus on Coffee’s Effect on Health Than You Might Think,” points to various studies that shows coffee drinkers enjoy health benefits that their non-coffee drinking counterparts do not.


The article is quick to point out that the benefits derived from coffee results from real coffee. Real coffee means black coffee when referencing the decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. The milk, cream, and sugar laced coffee enjoyed by many at major coffee retailers get filled with fat, carbohydrates, and calories. Black coffee has less than five calories per serving, and it does not have any fat or carbs.


Of the studies cited in the article, the overall concurrence between the range of studies revealed that individuals who regularly enjoy moderate coffee consumption have lower risks for cardiovascular disease. In most of the studies, moderate use meant somewhere between four and six servings of coffee a day. The article did point out that when a person begins to consume 10 or more servings of coffee a day, studies revealed that some adverse health indicators surfaced.


The article runs counter to some negative press about coffee in the recent past. For instance, in the past, many experts have suggested that coffee can increase a person’s risk of certain cancers. However, the article discussed that many of the studies were non-conclusive, and most of the data available currently show that black coffee has a host of benefits for consumers.


Like anything else, it seems that moderation is key, and according to this article regular moderate coffee drinkers reap many health befits, while those people who avoid coffee miss out on delicious beverage best served hot, just like they miss out on the health benefits.


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