There is often much talk about whether coffee consumption is beneficial to our health or whether it has a negative impact on our body. That morning wake-up coffee is enjoyed by thousands of Australians every day, but many of us don’t really know the effect that it is having on our body. Previous studies have found conflicting evidence on the impact of coffee on health, with some evidence suggesting that it has beneficial effects on the immune system and cognitive performance, and others suggesting it can raise blood pressure and alter insulin activity.
However, recent studies suggest that people under the age of 55 who drink an average of four cups of coffee a day are at a 56% greater risk of death from all causes. This may be due to heavy coffee consumption influencing other unhealthy behaviours, such as going to sleep late and having a poor diet. This study also found that those who drank larger amounts of coffee were more likely to smoke and had less healthy lungs and hearts.
Because drinking coffee forms a large part of modern living in our society, it’s easy to lose track of how much we are actually consuming. Drinking coffee in moderation, like most other things, can be beneficial to our health, however drinking too much can have a greater impact on our health than we may realise.
Image and Source: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/aug/15/coffee-drinkers-risk-death-rate