Coffee is a health drink

Study after study after study after study (enough?) has found that with a few small exceptions (pregnancy, for one) people who drink moderate amounts (even large amounts) of coffee regularly have better health outcomes than people who don’t drink coffee.

So no surprise that yet another study, this one just presented at a European Society of Cardiology conference, which enrolled 468,629 participants of the UK Biobank with no signs of heart disease at the time of recruitment and followed them for up to 15 years, has concluded that moderate coffee intake (3 cups a day) was not only totally safe (Duhh!) but was also “independently associated with lower risks of stroke, death from cardiovascular disease, and death from any cause.”

This didn’t surprise me at all – similar to lots of other studies, as I said earlier – but what did surprise me is this: Based on MRI tests, “daily consumers had healthier sized and better functioning hearts”.

And the real kicker: “This was consistent with reversing the detrimental effects of ageing on the heart.”

Repeat after me: Coffee is a health drink, coffee is a health drink, coffee is a health drink.

No go have a cappuccino – or two – and tell yourself it’s for your health.