When i was growing up, my grandmother (Mamame) would drink her morning coffee out a pretty china cups with a matching saucer and I would always ask for some, to which she replied “No…coffee stunts your growth”. Later…that morning….Her now cold cup of coffee would be sitting on the table and she would then let me drink it. Hmmmm I guess only hot coffee would stunt my growth?? It makes me grin just remembering.
But the truth is, it doesn’t stunt your growth or put hair on your chest (something else I was told) and with much joy several new studies have shown that coffee may actually have some health benefits. As with all things – moderation is key. So, maybe don’t drink the whole pot by yourself.
- Drinking moderate amounts 2-3 cups a day has been linked with longer lifespan
- Some studies have shown the possibility of lower risk of heart disease
- Lower risk of diabetes (Type 2)
- Less chance of Gout
- Lower risk of Parkinsons
- Less risk of Liver disease
- Improved cognitive function
- Decreased chronic inflammation
Antioxidants are thought to be part of the reason for the health benefits, but they aren’t completely sure why. Before you get too excited, this does not include heavily sweetened, whip cream topped coffee drinks, and some studies showed espresso to be an exception. But otherwise, drink up. Well up to 3 cups.
Sources: WebMD, Harvard Health, Mayo Clinic, healthline.