If you drink coffee you have probably heard that drinking coffee is bad for your health from your non-coffee drinking friends and colleagues. They probably couldn’t say why, but they may have mentioned the caffeine, or the fact that coffee is brown, or some other reason. The fact of the matter is that there was no good evidence that drinking coffee is associated with negative health outcomes. Nor was there a consensus that coffee has health benefits. Until now.
In a study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, and diabetes in over 400,000 men and women followed for 14 years.
The New York Times Well blog has a nice summary of this study. Read it while you enjoy a cup of coffee.