Coffee is one of those foods that experts just can’t seem to figure out. First we’re told caffeine can stunt growth and cause heart disease, and then we hear it can improve memory. Which is it, world?
To be honest, we were kind of done listening to the debate. (Team java.) But then we heard some rather specific news that caught our attention.
According to a recent series of studies, drinking three to five cups of black coffee per day appears to be the ticket. At that amount, benefits include reduced risks of melanoma, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s and even run-of-the-mill back pain.
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston also suggests that coffee may help colon-cancer patients beat the disease, recover faster and ward off recurrences.
In other words, is coffee the next kale? (Ya know, minus the creams and sugars.)
The average American consumes three cups per day, so as you’re sipping on your third mug-full, be happy to know you’re doing the right thing.