If people are drinking about 500,000,000 cups of coffee a year and the population is increasing, is coffee a health benefit or a health risk? The number of cups of coffee that people drink each year may not be a valid statistic to justify whether coffee is beneficial to health but the results of several studies are.
A study performed by The National Health Service of Finland shows that drinking seven cups of coffee per day may dramatically improve the health of men and women. The risk of type 2 diabetes can be lowered by the number of cups of coffee consumed each day. According to this study drinking 0-2 cups of coffee per day has little or no effect in reducing diabetes. Drinking 3-6 cups of coffee per day can reduce the probability of developing diabetes. And drinking 7 or more cups of coffee per day increases the probability of not developing diabetes. The results from the study are even more dramatic for obese and inactive people.
Rolo M. Van Dam, a Harvard Medical School Professor, noted that coffee might be more beneficial than a risk for potential stroke candidates. The Harvard Study found that coffee may provide protection in men against Parkinson’s disease. It also showed that coffee might have anti-cancer properties. Researchers found that coffee drinkers were 50% less likely to get liver cancer than non coffee drinkers.
Coffee is being credited for more and more contributions to good health including managing asthma and stopping a headache.
It is known that fruit is a necessary part of our body’s diet. And coffee is the seed of a fruit similar to a cherry. It is rich in antioxidants, however the greater benefits are a direct result of it high caffeine content. An eight ounce cup of drip brewed coffee contains about 85mg of caffeine which is about three and one half times more than the same serving of tea, cola, or chocolate. Since coffee has been around for over a thousand years in spite of its negative publicity, maybe our bodies know something that we did not know. Maybe our bodies recognize that coffee is far more “healthful than harmful” as stated by Tomas DePaulis, PhD, research scientist at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for coffee studies.
Coffee’s health benefits may explain why coffee is the fastest growing part of the restaurant business and the second most traded commodity. Let’s not ignore the apparent indicators that clearly identify coffee as a health benefit not a health risk.
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