The British Medical Journal, one of the three most esteemed medical journals in the world, recently published the largest study yet on the subject 'Coffee Consumption and Health', examining and grouping over 200 observational studies and 17 intervention studies.
This caught our interest, because coffee is the second most-consumed beverage in the world, after water.
In summary, the authors of this study report that consuming an ideal quantity of coffee can reduce the probability of cardiovascular diseases (still the number one cause of death worldwide), along with other positive effects.
Coffee also reduces the level of inflammation in blood that triggers type 2 diabetes. Drinking coffee could help prevent dementia, gallbladder diseases and even tumours; it appears responsible for a decrease in diagnoses of prostate, uterine, skin and liver cancer.
Even if the decrease in percentage of diseases was only small, this could still play a decisive role in relation to the entire population.
The ideal daily amount
3-4 cups of coffee daily will achieve the maximum effect! Larger quantities of coffee do not bring greater risk, but will lessen its positive effects. The reason why remains unclear.
These recommendations do not apply to pregnant women and osteoporosis sufferers.
In this study, however, only the amount of coffee consumed was taken into account, not the degree of roasting of the coffee beans. It is also known that stronger roasting produces higher levels of acrylamide, which is a carcinogenic. As with so many other pleasures, it is therefore best to enjoy coffee in moderation.
Perhaps the CNS will start reimbursing us for our coffee consumption?