“Sorry, I just get so nervous without coffee.”
Odds are, you’ve heard this at least once during Ramadan. Throughout the last month, most people were trying to cope with the sudden and heavy loss of coffee in their day, and it’s never easy. If you’re in love with drinking coffee like me, someone probably told you that fasting is a great chance to give up this detrimental habit. As you ignore that advice and rejoice with a large cup of coffee this morning, I’m here to tell you why you’re on the right track.
Drinking coffee can help you live longer
While there are many opinions out there when it comes to the risks and benefits of coffee, the latest research – published in the European Journal of Epidemiology in May 2019 – stated that coffee is actually associated with an increased lifespan. By analyzing previous studies and over 3 million subjects and half a million causes of deaths, the researchers discovered that those who drank coffee on a regular basis went on to live longer than those who didn’t include coffee in their dietary regime.
According to this research, regular consumption of coffee is linked with a potential two years added to your lifespan.
Drinking coffee is not bad for your heart
But, it doesn’t stop there. Another recent study conducted by the William Harvey Research Institute earlier this year has debunked the myth that coffee can cause stiffening arteries – a condition that stops your heart from pumping and receiving blood properly. In plain terms, coffee is not as bad for your heart as you’ve been told. In fact, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association in 2017 and reported on in Time Magazine, drinking coffee could potentially be linked to reduced risk of heart failure and strokes.
“Every extra cup of coffee consumed per day reduced [heart failure, stroke and coronary heart disease] by 8%, 7% and 5%, respectively, up to at least six cups per day.” – Amanda Macmillan, Time Magazine.
The recommended daily limit of coffee is actually higher than you think
While there is still no clear definition of just how much coffee is good for you, the recommended amount seems to vary from two and up to eight cups per day. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, a study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal, drinking up to eight coffee cups a day can help decrease the risk of early death.
A general good rule of thumb is to listen to your body and notice when you start to feel more jittery or irritated, which is usually an indication that you have reached your limit for the day, according to Professor Elina Hypponen. In her study on the association between coffee and heart disease, she notes that the consumption of more than six cups a day can lead to an increased risk in heart disease by 22%, while not drinking coffee at all can increase the risk by 11%.
It’s the thought that counts
Coffee is not just a drink, it’s a lifestyle. In 2017, we’ve tried to see how people imagine a world without coffee. Needless to say, it was a bleak future, people were instantly depressed by the thought, and now we understand why. A recent study, published in the Conscience and Cognition Journal, showed that the mere idea of coffee, or coffee cues as they called it, was enough to get people to feel more alert and think in better, more accurate terms. Which could mean that just thinking about having coffee is enough to make you feel more positive and more energetic throughout the day.
There is some speculation that the reason why we’re seeing more positive analysis for the consumption of coffee is that previous studies throughout the past years did not take into account crucial factors like other living habits into account, and that with more advanced research technology, we are able to get more accurate results. However, there’s still a lot that we don’t know about coffee. It has over 1,000 chemicals, some of which are still a complete mystery to us. So, while coffee can clearly be good for your health and lifestyle, don’t go all out and drink a gallon of coffee each day. Consumption should be tailored to your own personal needs and your own personal health conditions.
If you’re interested in learning more details about how coffee can be good for you, check out Robert Roy Britt’s article in Elemental, breaking down the pros and cons of coffee according to the latest studies and speculations in the field.
Excited to get your coffee fix? We recommend the Genius Kitchen recipe for delicious Chocolate Ice Coffee, perfect for the summer afternoon.