Remember when we talked about Fika: that Swedish recreation that sees more in a coffee break than just drinking coffee. You remember, right? Well, if you’re now a regular fika lover, we’ve got good news again. How many coffee breaks, oh!, fikas do you often enjoy? To put it straight forward, how many cups of coffee do you drink daily? A dozen cups? Just kidding! However, research supports the idea of drinking multiple cups of coffee per day.
I’m A Regular Joe
A lot of people depend on coffee just to start their day. That awkward moment when you wake up in the morning and coffee seems like your daily dose of morphine. You’re not alone. However, there’s been a debate on how much joe is too much joe. Aforementioned: Good news is here for coffee lovers.
In a 2017 review by researchers at the University of Southampton and University of Edinburgh, drinking three or four cups of coffee in a day is the way to go. According to this umbrella review, (the research combined previous meta-analyses to give a high-level summary), the researchers looked at more than 200 meta-analyses of different health outcomes associated with coffee consumption. Though different studies used different cup sizes and brewery methods — the three-or-four-cup recommendation is roughly the estimate.
The research found that a more comforting result: “Coffee consumption was more often associated with benefit than harm.” However, there’s an estimated number of more than two billion cups of coffee consumed around the world every day. That sounds like people already know what’s good, which comes with a sigh of relief.
Café With Benefits
The review also concluded that drinking a bunch of coffee had miraculous benefits as well. Having a cup of coffee was associated with lower risks of cardiovascular diseases, and of death from any cause. Though much of the benefit was associated with having three to four cups — drinking more than that wasn’t found with any problem.
Here’s a list of some of the incredible perks of being a regular joe: Drinking coffee is associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, gallstones, renal stones, gout, some types of cancer (especially liver cancer and liver related diseases), depression, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and a host of other metabolic and neural diseases.
The Café Downside
Of course, you guessed it, there are limitations; as the saying goes, “too much of everything is bad.” Coffee consumption is good for you, but not when you’re pregnant or lactating — you already know. However, its suggested that pregnant and lactating women limit their coffee intake to about 200 milligrams a day — that’s roughly one small cup of coffee. Fair enough. The review also found that it might increase women’s risk of fractures, but more evidence is needed.
After all, your usual cup of java has no bad effect on you. Keep it up!
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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Fri, May 03, 2019.