Coffee: Healthy or Hazardous?

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Fifty-two percent of American adults drink coffee daily, that’s 100 million people. The average coffee drinker has 3.1 cups per day, or 70 gallons a year—enough to completely fill a bathtub. But while many of us start our day with a cup of coffee, studies still take both sides with some celebrating the caffeinated beverage and others claiming it’s bad for our health.

You may have heard that coffee will stunt your growth, or lead to stomach cancer or heart disease, but luckily all of these statements are false. The truth is that coffee can actually be good for you.

Coffee has been linked to improved memory recall and may also help prevent Alzheimer’s, heart disease, gout, type II diabetes and Parkinson’s (in men). The caffeine in coffee is said to help ease asthma attacks and lower the risk of breast, rectal and colon cancers. Coffee drinkers are even 50 percent less likely to get liver cancer than non-coffee drinkers, although scientists have yet to pinpoint exactly why.

Some research shows that coffee can actually help weight loss. One study in particular shows that those drinking caffeinated drinks, like coffee, burns 67 calories more than just drinking water. That’s equal to the calories in a medium-sized apple.

The verdict? Enjoy coffee in moderation. Experts recommend limiting your daily caffeine intake to 300 milligrams for women and 400 milligrams for men. Ladies, that’s roughly three cups of coffee, so don’t overdo it.

Do you drink coffee every day? If so, how much?


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