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Once And For All, Can Someone Just Clarify Whether Coffee Is Good For Us Or Not?

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Indiatimes
02nd December, 2019 16:05 IST

Depends on who you ask, coffee will hinder your growth, give you pancreatic, bladder and esophageal cancer. Coffee can also cause heart attacks, produce heightened anxiety and make you feel jittery or weak. On the flip side, coffee can reduce your risk of cancer, lower risk of heart disease and also make you super smart. But it might also cause you to lose all your hair.

That's the trouble with research on coffee - it moves between benefits and drawbacks every single hour. If experts and scientists are split on whether our favorite beverage can give us cancer or not, how are we - normal people who are just trying to get our lives in order - ever figure out if coffee is actually good or bad for us?

Research has always gone back and forth on coffee. In the 16th century, coffee was banned as it promoted radical thinking (that's actually correct because in my case, I only begin to think once I have had my first cup of coffee). In the 17th century, coffee caused impotence. In the 18th century, it led to blindness and by the 20th century, it induced cancer. Oh, and for the 21st century, coffee seems to be seeing an upswing as the World Health Organisation's report released on February 26, 2019, de-listed coffee as potentially carcinogenic foods.

Why the switch from forbidding coffee to now consuming it?

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"Well, it's all about the evidence. Earlier studies couldn't prove a solid or verifiable link about how it's only coffee that has led to any type of cancer," Dr Mehak Raj, a Dietician based in Mumbai, told Indiatimes.

And let's not forget, just last year, in September 2018, a massive review of the scientific literature on coffee published in the British Medical Journal found that drinking three to fours cups of black coffee a day provides the most health benefits, could even increase the lifespan of the coffee drinker, in question.

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And bottom-line, should we consume coffee without worrying about what it would do to us?

"I don't believe in depriving myself or my clients from anything. If you aren't a coffee drinker, in no way is anyone going to suggest you to start drinking coffee. My advice for most coffee drinkers is that less is always more. Ideally, one big mug of coffee with or without sugar should be okay for anyone," adds Raj.

That being said, we are all on the same side when it comes to coffee. Obviously you can't extract health benefits from coffee is you plan to drown 7+ cups a day. But you are doing fine if you are having two or three cups of coffee a day. In our opinion, let's just declare it as a superfood and accept it as an ultimate truth because, for any coffee-drinker, coffee is fuel. It drives our soul.

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