Every few years, a new study is released telling us that the things we typically eat and drink are taboo, or are now only ok in almost laughable amounts. Whether it’s eggs, wine, chocolate or coffee, these studies make us feel like our everyday activities are to blame for all that ails us.
Well, jump for joy, java junkies: coffee is now… ok! Yep, that’s right. The liquid crutch that most of us rely on to start our mornings is finally back on the list of things that likely won’t hasten your demise, at least when it comes to your heart.
Previous studies had claimed drinking coffee stiffens arteries, putting pressure on the heart, thus increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke. But now the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has brewed up some new research that suggests no such correlation, even in those consuming a ridiculous amount of coffee each day.
Drinking coffee might keep us up at night, but new BHF-funded research presented at @BritishCardioSo annual conference has found coffee may not as bad for our heart and circulatory system as previously thought. #BCS2019 https://t.co/CSp2tI1jdY
— BHF (@TheBHF) June 3, 2019
The new research involved over 8,000 participants split into three groups: The first consuming less than one cup of coffee a day, the second, between one and three cups a day, and the third was those who drink more than three. All participants underwent MRI scans and other tests with results remaining consistent even when factors including weight and tobacco use were factored into the equation. Researchers found even those drinking up to 25 cups a day were no more likely to have stiffening arteries than those who drank one or less.
Dr. Kenneth Fung, from Queen Mary University of London, says the research should help quell fears among coffee lovers around the world who may have been dissuaded by prior studies. “Despite the huge popularity of coffee worldwide, different reports could put people off from enjoying it,” adding “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.”
Professor Metin Avkiran of BHF says the new study should alleviate concerns when it comes to coffee and arteries. “There are several conflicting studies saying different things about coffee, and it can be difficult to filter what we should believe and what we shouldn’t. This research will hopefully put some of the media reports in perspective, as it rules out one of the potentially detrimental effects of coffee on our arteries.”
So bottoms up, all you java drinking, mocha sipping, latte loving, coffee consumers! Here’s to enjoying your third cup before 11 am and eventually crashing way earlier than you thought you would!