Health Benefits Of Coffee : Americans should drink more coffee

Health Benefits Of Coffee : Americans should drink more coffee

Coffee Linked To Several Health Benefits? According to the 2015 report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), drinking three to five cups of coffee a day has few health risks. In fact, it might even have several health benefits.

The report shows there is consistent evidence that coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in healthy adults, and there is moderate evidence that coffee/caffeine intake can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. For runners, research on caffeine during the past few years has shown it boosts your reaction time, keeps you hydrated, and even rebuilds glycogen stores.

“Therefore, moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern, along with other healthful behaviors,” the report concludes.

The DGAC had remained silent on the topic of coffee consumption in the past, but Tom Brenna, a Cornell University nutritionist and member of the panel, told Bloomberg that since the committee last met in 2010 there has been a lot of research on the topic.

“Coffee’s good stuff,” Brenna told Bloomberg. “I don’t want to get into implying coffee cures cancer–nobody thinks that. But there is no evidence for increased risk, if anything, the other way around.”

In addition to potentially warding off disease, coffee and caffeine consumption have been shown to have performance benefits among athletes.

The most dangerous thing about coffee may be the cream and added sugars many people consume with their coffee, the DGAC report notes, suggesting you should minimize the amount of calories from added sugars and high-fat dairy products or dairy substitutes.

The report also warned that there’s limited evidence about the safety of high-caffeine beverages, specifically energy drinks and other products. They suggest that children and adolescents avoid or minimize consumption of high caffeine drinks and other products.

  • As discussed here, research shows, when enjoyed in moderation, coffee may have beneficial effects. Moreover, caffeine is a safe ingredient, as scientists confirm and as centuries of safe consumption in food and beverages verifies.

    We would add, however, that this Committee’s recommendations did not scientifically define “high” caffeine intake and inappropriately, narrowly and arbitrarily focused on a single category of products, energy drinks – which often have considerably less caffeine than similarly sized containers of coffee. Last, but not least, the Committee’s conclusions about energy drink safety were based upon what the Committee itself characterized as “limited” evidence, which falls well below the required evidentiary standard for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.–American Beverage Association