Three Myths About Coffee (And One Shocking Truth!)
Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.
How did you make your cup of coffee this morning?
A buddy of mine told me this morning that he drinks his coffee black on Mondays and Fridays. But come Tuesday through Thursday, he adds cream.
When you hear the word coffee, a few things come to mind.
Whether it’s your favorite fancy order from your nearest drive-thru coffee shop… or your simple cup of joe right from your kitchen… the word “healthy” probably isn’t one of them.
So many would have you believe that coffee is terrible for your health.
So let’s divide the truth from the myths.
Three Coffee Myths Debunked
Myth #1: Coffee Is Fattening. False. Coffee contains barely any calories, and there’s no fat either. But here’s why this myth exists. What you put in your coffee can be fattening, like milk! Milk contains both fat and calories. So if you’re loading a ton of cream or milk into your coffee, you may notice an increase in your waistline. But again, it’s not the coffee! Consider substituting your milk with almond milk or coconut milk.
Myth #2: Coffee Will Rot Your Teeth. Again this myth isn’t referring so much to the coffee… as much as the sugary, sweet syrups that dominate your fancy coffee drinks from your nearby drive-thru. There’s absolutely no sugar in coffee. Yes, extreme coffee consumption may lead to stained teeth, but it won’t cause your teeth to rot. You can thank added sugar for that.
Myth #3: Coffee Can Cause Cardiovascular Disease and High Cholesterol. There’s no proof to any of this. 300 milligrams of coffee (a moderate amount) isn’t going to harm a healthy person. Now, if you already have high blood pressure, you might experience a temporary heart rate rise. But again, there’s no data supporting the idea that coffee is linked to cardiovascular disease or high cholesterol.
In fact, the American Heart Association just released data that suggests the opposite.
Here’s One Shocking Truth to Cross My Desk
If you are an avid coffee drinker, your day is about to get even better. According to three well-known studies published by the American Heart Association, or one or more cups of caffeinated coffee may help to reduce heart failure risk.
Here are the key takeaways from the studies:
- People who drank one (and in some cases, more) cup of caffeinated coffee had an associated decreased long-term heart failure risk.
- In the Framingham Heart and the Cardiovascular Health studies, the risk of heart failure over the course of decades decreased by 5-12% per daily cup of coffee. This number is compared with no coffee consumption.
- In the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, the risk of heart failure was about 30% lower in people who drank at least two cups of coffee a day. There was no change for those who drank between 0 to 1 cup per day of coffee.
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ