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Study: Drinking 3 or 4 cups of coffee might be good for you

Study: Drinking 3 or 4 cups of coffee might be good for you

“What we can say is that people who already enjoy moderate amounts of coffee as part of their diet are most probably getting health benefits from it, rather than harm.”

As a work from home mom with a toddler and a puppy, I was heartened to read that my caffeine addiction (though I’d argue it’s more of a necessity during this stage of life) might not be so terrible for my health after all.

A recent study found that drinking 3 or 4 cups of coffee a day, or what’s considered “moderate amounts” does more good than harm to the human body. Drink more than 4 cups a day? That might not be harmful, but the benefits of coffee drinking become less pronounced.

The umbrella ttudy found moderate coffee drinkers are less likely to experience heart disease, Parkinson’s, some kinds of cancer, type 2 diabetes, in addition to having healthier livers.

Robin Poole, who penned the study’s results, writes at The Conversation:

Overall, our umbrella analysis showed that drinking coffee is more often linked with benefits than harms. For some conditions, the largest benefit appeared to be associated with drinking three to four cups of coffee each day. This included lower risk of death from any causes, or getting heart disease. Drinking coffee beyond these amounts was not associated with harm, but the benefits were less pronounced.

Drinking coffee was also associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, gallstones, renal stones and gout. We also found that it was associated with a lower risk of getting some types of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. But liver diseases stood out as having the greatest benefit compared with other conditions.

Reassuringly, harms were not apparent apart from during pregnancy when coffee drinking was linked to low birth weight, premature birth (in the first six months of pregnancy) and miscarriage. This is not new knowledge, and there are guidelines for limiting caffeine intake in pregnancy. We also found a small increase in risk of fracture in women, but there is some discrepancy in the evidence and further investigation is needed.

Poole cautions against upping coffee intake simply to obtain the health benefits and instead advises, “what we can say is that people who already enjoy moderate amounts of coffee as part of their diet are most probably getting health benefits from it, rather than harm.”

It’s also worth noting that the study did not look at coffee drinks that are typically chock-full of sugar and dairy.

Meanwhile, if you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen brewing my afternoon pot of coffee.

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OleDirtyBarrister | November 29, 2017 at 4:16 pm

LI needs to hold a casting call to recruit contributors to up its game.

Cliven Bundy, Ryan Bundy et al are on trial in federal district court in Nevada, and LI is publishing stories about coffee.

Courts are rendering decisions all over the nation, state legislatures are debating and passing law, Congress pretends to be interested in legislating, and here is LI publishing inconsequential prattle more suitable for a housewife blog or farcebook.

Millhouse likes to pretend to be a lawyer on the internet, start with him.

    …OR you could start with a dirty old racist who pretends to be a lawyer, but is a pig.

    Quick check on the 11/29 postings so far:
    Health – 1 (coffee)
    Foreign Matters – 3 (North Korea, Benghazi, War Criminals)
    Harassment – 2 (Lauer & Keillor)
    Consumer Board – 1
    Dem troubles – 1 (McAuliffe)
    College stories – 3

    I think there is a nice mix of stories. Not everything has to be serious political news. If you don’t like the stories, find another blog or start your own.

      GeorgeCrosley in reply to Liz. | November 29, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Yes, it’s odd how many people think a blog should reflect their concerns and interests rather than those of the writers.

      OleDirtyBarrister in reply to Liz. | November 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      The suggestion of covering matters of legal import and consequence is hardly a call for more political content.

        But your dispute with Rags is getting a bit tiresome. Start your own blog and stop complaining about the content of one that you read.

          Barrister has a couple of good points about the content of the blog.

          How this makes him a racist or a pig even to someone who cannot express themselves without using potty language or, or making off-the-wall ad hominem attacks is beyond disgusting, and an insult to this blog as a whole.

          Ragspierre in reply to Liz. | November 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm

          SwineReports, DirtyOldRacist is not a dirty old racist by anything written above, but by his previous statements that are dirty, racist, and disgusting.

    As one of the authors, I am always open to post ideas. Let me recommend that you send your ideas to contact -at- legalinsurrection -dot- com. with a description of why you think this story is important and could be engaging to readers. I suspect this approach will win you more friends and more influence.

    Legal Insurrection is actually more of a news analysis site, with our fantastic lawyers covering in detail the cases of national interest as they arise.

    A blog cannot live on dry legal cases alone.

    Professor Jacobson has a winning formula. From our ABOUT page: Legal Insurrection went live on October 12, 2008, originally at Google Blogger. We hit our one-millionth visit about 11.5 months later, our second million a few months after that, and since then readership and linkage from major websites have grown dramatically.

    In June 2011, we switched to a self-hosted WordPress format with a custom design which incorporates many unique functions both visible to readers and behind the scenes.

    Legal Insurrection now is one of the most widely cited and influential conservative websites, with hundreds of thousands of visitors per month. Our work has been highlighted by top conservative radio personalities, such as Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, and Professor Jacobson regularly appears as a guest on radio shows across the nation.

    Our writings have been linked by virtually every major conservative publication and many mainstream media publications, including The Atlantic Wire, The National Review, The Hill, New York Magazine’s “Daily Intel”, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Herald, The New York Times, Gothamist, CBS News, The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, The Washington Times, AOL News, The Week, and many, many others.

Be a coffee achiever! Oh, and OleDirtyBarrister? Stop whining. No one likes whiners.

I know coffee is healthy. In the mornings, no one is safe until I have had at least one cup.

ugottabekiddinme | November 29, 2017 at 5:47 pm

“It’s also worth noting that the study did not look at coffee drinks that are typically chock-full of sugar and dairy.”

Oh, you mean, like those STBX drinks — alleged to be “coffee”–in the accompanying illustration? Heh.

    Milkshakes served hot. That’s really how SB’s earns profits. I’m not a health nut – nor a coffee snob- but the coffee confections really aren’t a good way to start off the day.

Just gonna have to do without those benefits I can’t stand coffee.

    Milhouse in reply to Gremlin1974. | November 29, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    So drink wine instead 🙂

    Actually most (but not all) of the benefits of wine come from the alcohol, not the rest of it, and you get those same benefits no matter what form of alcohol you ingest. One standard drink is 12 ml of alcohol, whether it comes in the form of 30 ml of spirits, 100 ml of wine, or 250 ml of beer.

      Does that mean that I can have an Irish Coffee in the morning?

      When I had to do early travel for work, I usually asked for coffee with Baileys and the flight attendants would smile. I think they knew that the combo of warm coffee with a bit of alcohol would result in a snoozing passenger. It worked on me.

      Gremlin1974 in reply to Milhouse. | November 30, 2017 at 12:03 am

      I have an unfortunate love for the kind of scotch that pretty much ensures I will die poor, lol.

I’ll take the safe, healthy route…

Coffee, good wine, and scotch…in due course and proper moderation. Long life and clarity of thought!

    Milhouse in reply to Ragspierre. | November 29, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    And dark chocolate. Also in moderation, of course.

    Seriously, a friend who’s a research cardiologist has a regimen he recommends for heart health, which includes a small bar of dark chocolate with nuts every day.

    “…clarity of thought.”

    Never happen.

      Gremlin1974 in reply to | November 30, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      You know for someone who complains about people making unprovoked verbal attacks and others being insulting this is not what I would expect to see as a response to a benign comment. It makes you look like a hypocrite.

      Might I humbly suggest that you refrain from the behavior for which you denounce others.

First off, you’re showing starbucks cups. Evil liberal corporation. They need to have all their execs checked for sexual harassment claims so they can be fired and the company can go under.
Second now we have a case that needs to go to the Supreme Court because –

Drinking 4 Coffees a Day Is Bad for You, Study Says

By Tessa Berenson May 28, 2015

A lot of caffeine is bad for your health, according to a new study, and many people are consuming too much of it.

A new report by the European Food Safety Authority says that more than 400 mg of caffeine a day, or about four cups of coffee, is linked to heart problems, insomnia and panic attacks. This safe amount of caffeine is halved for pregnant women.

For us old folks, the acid in coffee can be hard on our stomachs. I solved that problem by switching to Low Acid Coffee.

How’s this for a study: Everything in moderation might be good for you.

Another fad of nonsense, and likely funded by Starbucks: the processed-sugar king of the world.

I’ve long maintained that one thing the military does well is to train; and they trained me to drink coffee.