“According to recent research, coffee may even be good for you. “The overall evidence has been pretty convincing that coffee has been more healthful than harmful in terms of health outcomes,” says Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “For most people, moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy diet.”
Hu confirmed what recent studies have found: Moderate coffee intake is linked to a lower likelihood of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver and endometrial cancers, Parkinson’s disease and depression. People who drink coffee may even reduce their risk of mortality, though it isn’t yet clear exactly what role the beverage plays in our lifespans. And a moderate amount of daily coffee is still pretty generous at two to five cups a day, according to Hu and a number of large mortality studies.
“Keeping within reasonable intakes, the benefits really do seem to outweigh any adverse effects,” says Marilyn Cornelis, a caffeine and coffee researcher at the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Cornelis has studied coffee extensively, especially the role of genetics in coffee consumption.”
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