A moderate consumption of coffee can be preventive against type 2-diabetes and certain forms of cancer. That is the conclusion in a new report from the Danish “Vidensråd for forebyggelse” (Council of Prevention).
In the new report it is stated that most scientific studies so far have concluded that a moderate consumption of coffee is preventative against a number of diseases. One of our professors, Lars Ove Dragsted is one of the co-authors and he has told us a bit about the conclusions of the report:
“The Danes have for a long time been one of the most coffee-consuming nations in the world and now we can show that it isn’t a bad thing and in reality coffee-consumption has a lot of beneficial effects” says Professor Lars Ove Dragsted, who in his own research works with bioactive and preventative diet-components.
The report was written because of all the myths relating to coffee-consumption, which is also the reason for focusing on coffee’s impact on health and diseases. The report is a review of the existing literature on the topic, written in an easily understandable style, giving Danes (or people who speak Danish) a chance to learn about the scientific research done in the area.
It’s okay to drink coffee even if you’re pregnant
Many moms-to-be have probably had to hear that coffee-drinking is bad/dangerous to the foetus and in some countries (like the US) pregnant women have been advised against drinking coffee during pregnancy. It has been suspected that the caffeine in coffee could hurt the foetus and perhaps cause a miscarriage.
The report shows that a consumption of no more than 2-3 cups a day (<300 mg caffeine a day) has no harmful effect on women’s ability to get pregnant or to the foetus. It is however still unclear whether a higher intake of coffee can have a harmful effect. So to be safe; don’t drink more than 2-3 cups of coffee a day (and I don’t mean Starbucks grande latte!) if you are pregnant or planning to be soon.
Coffee lowers the risk for type 2-diabetes and some forms of cancer
If you are not pregnant or planning to be a coffee-intake around 3-4 cups a day can actually lower your risk of developing type 2-diabetes. The report shows that it will decrease your risk with 25 % or more.
“The Danes average coffee-consumption of around 3-4 cups a day provides a protective effect in regards to the development of type 2-diabetes. At the same time an increased intake of coffee actually gives you increased protection even if you drink up to 6-8 cups a day” says Professor Lars Ove Dragsted and continues:
“New studies also show that coffee can reduce the risk for some types of cancer, like liver, oral cavity, rectum and colon cancer. In regards to cardiovascular diseases filtered coffee seems to be able to reduce the risk about 10 %. The protection is however only present when drinking filtered coffee and not if you use a French press or drink espresso”.
Now this report gives you the perfect excuse next time you crave a coffee. So enjoy it, but don’t drink too much. If you can read Danish there are more articles on our page and also the full report for download.