The U.S. government says 5 cups coffee a day is just fine for one's health — just watch the sugar.
As The Washington Post reported
, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is compiled every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services, and a preliminary report released Thursday represents the first time they've ever weighed in on the popular caffeinated drink.
Not only did the nation's doctors find that there was little to no risk associated with drinking three to five cups of coffee a day (400 mg), they also found that moderate coffee consumption was associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Some evidence even suggests that caffeine may protect against the development of Parkinson's disease.
"We saw that coffee has a lot of health benefits," said one of the committee’s members, Miriam Nelson, a professor at Tufts University. "Specifically when you're drinking more than a couple cups per day."
Five cups a day is much, much higher than most American's drink on a regular basis. On average, citizens drink roughly one cup of coffee per day. American's drank the most coffee in the few years preceding 1950 — roughly two cups per day.
The people who drink the most coffee in the world, the Dutch, consume only 2.5 cups per day, on average.
"Coffee’s good stuff," Tom Brenna, a member of the committee and a nutritionist at Cornell University, said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg News
. "I don’t want to get into implying coffee cures cancer — nobody thinks that. But there is no evidence for increased risk, if anything, the other way around."
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