Addicted to coffee and worried about what that might mean for your health? It turns out that those who drink heavy amounts of coffee tend to be healthier overall.
Yes, it’s true that there are all kinds of contradicting results when it comes to research on coffee. However, this study is pretty legitimate. The National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and the Feinberg School of medicine at Northwestern University joined forces to conduct it. It also pooled half a million people in the UK ages 38 to 74. That’s definitely enough people to produce meaningful results.
According to inc.com, some of the benefits of drinking coffee are:
- A 20% reduced risk of cancer.
- A 20% reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes.
- A 30% reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease.
- A 5% reduced risk of heart disease.
The study supports previous reports that drinking coffee has health benefits. Not only that, but those who drink a lot of coffee tend to be healthier than those who only drink it moderately.
What does “a lot” mean? We’re talking eight cups or more a day! That’s a half-gallon jug of coffee.
Those who drink decaf won’t see the same kinds of benefits. There still are health benefits to it, but not quite as many.
Of course, all this being said, if your coffee is drowning in sugar and artificial sweeteners, the health benefits dwindle significantly. Time to start getting used to drinking coffee black!