August is National Coffee Month
BY ALLISON KOZICHAROW AND BERNICE BORN
Coffee. Love it or hate it? Is it good or bad for your health?
August is National Coffee Month, and the good news is that drinking coffee in moderation may actually lead to living longer — according to a growing body of evidence.
For example, a Harvard study found that people who drink three to five cups of coffee a day may be less likely to die prematurely from some illnesses than those who don’t drink or drink less coffee. Drinkers of both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee saw benefits, including a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, type 2 diabetes and suicide.
- Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Moderate coffee drinking may lower risk of premature death
- Mayo Clinic: Nutrition and healthy eating
- MedlinePlus: Caffeine
- National Institutes of Health: NIH study finds that coffee drinkers have lower risk of death
- WebMed: Coffee and your health
- WebMed: Coffee vs. Tea — Is one better for Your health?
- World Health Organization: Raise a cup — of coffee — WHO no longer says it can cause cancer
“There is certainly much more good news than bad news, in terms of coffee and health,” says Frank Hu, M.D., nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.
That said, we must note that there are enough studies raising issues with coffee that each person should weigh the benefits and drawbacks before adopting or increasing coffee consumption. MedLine reminds us that coffee, like just about everything we eat or drink, has its pros and cons.