Coffee continues to be the most widely-consumed drink in the world; and not-for-nothing it is actually pretty good for you. Studies persist to show that drinking a cup of coffee or two, every day, can have some health benefits.
On the other hand, many have cautioned that too much coffee—consumed on a daily basis—can have the opposite effect. In fact, some have argued that too much coffee can be quite bad for your heart, most of all.
Well, a new study revealed this week argues that coffee may not be quite as bad as some had originally thought. Presented on Monday at the British Cardiovascular Society, in Manchester, the study actually argues that drinking coffee does not increase stiffness in the arteries.
The study involved 8,000 people, who drank coffee and then participated in MRI heart scans and infrared pulse wave tests. These tests measured the effects of coffee on artery stiffness. Unexpectedly, the study found “no increased stiffening of arteries was associated,” with coffee drinking. More importantly, the data held true whether the amount of coffee per day was less than a cup or as many as 25 cups per day.
On average the participants consumed five cups of coffee per day over the course of the study.
According to Kenneth Fung, of Queen Mary University of London, this new research definitely contradicts the existing beliefs about the effects that coffee can have on the body (and particularly the heart and arteries).
The lead study data analyst explains, “Despite the huge popularity of coffee worldwide, different reports could put people off from enjoying it. Whilst we can’t prove a causal link in this study, our research indicates coffee isn’t as bad for the arteries as previous studies would suggest.”
On the other hand, British Heart Foundation associate medical director Professor Metin Avkiran comments that conflicting studies on coffees anatomical effects remain. He argues that these studies say many different things about coffee. Furthermore, he says, it is not easy to filter what we should believe about coffee and what we should dismiss. Finally, he asserts this research will, hopefully, put much of the existing media reports into better perspective regarding coffee’s potentially detrimental effects.
At the end of the day, Fung concludes the fundamental takeaway from this study is that people can feel free to enjoy as much coffee as they like as part of a healthy lifestyle.