Making the perfect cup of coffee is an experiment that’s been studied for decades — if not for hundreds of years since coffee was first brewed in the 1300s. It’s not an exact science yet, but studies on coffee drinking seem to point to it being mostly beneficial. Here are just a few interesting links for coffee lovers out there.
- According to one study, you’re probably drinking too much coffee if you consume more than 28 cups per week. But if you’re over 55, it apparently doesn’t matter much to your health if you’re drinking more than that amount of coffee. So if you’re younger than 55 and drinking more than 4 cups every day, you just need to live a little longer and you can drink as much as you want. In fact, some other studies say coffee can lower the risk of premature death. [url]
- If you think that decaffeinated coffee is free of caffeine, think again. Decaf just has lower amounts of caffeine — 3 to 15 milligrams per cup versus 85 milligrams (or more) for regular coffee. Those milligrams can add up if you’re drinking a lot of decaf coffee. [url]
- Conventional wisdom says that pregnant women shouldn’t drink coffee (or drink alcohol or eat sushi), but maybe the risks of doing so aren’t that high? Better safe than sorry, though, right? [url]
- Even though people have been drinking coffee for centuries, the effect of coffee on our health isn’t really clear. Caffeine might not be the only active ingredient in coffee, and studies haven’t always separated out the smokers who seem to drink a lot of coffee. [url]
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