For years, the medical community has debated whether or not coffee is detrimental to a person’s health. A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which took place over 10 years, strongly indicates that in reasonable quantities, coffee is not bad for you, and can even be beneficial (Loftfield et.al, 2018).
A lot of the past controversy surrounding whether coffee can be considered healthy was due to studies that didn’t account for other health risk behaviors such as smoking. In this newly published JAMA study, risks like this were accounted for, making the results more accurate.
The results of this study contradicted a lot of previous research, indicating that coffee drinking can actually increase one’s lifespan, even in persons drinking up to 8 cups of coffee per day (Loftfield et.al, 2018). However, people who consume large amounts of unfiltered coffee, such as espresso, may experience a small increase in cholesterol levels.
Coffee drinkers can rejoice, safe in the knowledge that drinking coffee will have minimal negative impacts on their health, and may even help prolong their lifespan. It’s important to keep in mind that while coffee itself is relatively healthy, the type of milk and flavorings mixed into coffee can have other health implications. Make sure to minimize how much sugar you have in your coffee, and choose healthy milk options such as hemp or almond milk.
If you would like to read the study in its entirety, it can be found here.
Loftfield, E., Cornelis, M. C., Caporaso, N., Yu, K., Sinha, R., & Freedman, N. (2018). Association of Coffee Drinking With Mortality by Genetic Variation in Caffeine Metabolism. JAMA Internal Medicine,178(8), 1086. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.2425