Your Daily Cup of Coffee is Good for You

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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.

By foodoflife • June 20, 2012
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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Posted June 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm by ib51 | Permalink

    The protective effects of coffee is due to antioxidant molecules which coffee contains. Caffeine-free coffee contains as so much antioxidant as normal coffee and is, thus, as so protective. About expresso or Nespresso coffee, it contains less caffeine (thus less negative effects as diuretic effect and insomnia) but, about antioxidants in decaffeinated coffee , opinions diverge. I’m a coffee fan, especially Nespresso :-). Anecdotally, the French writer Honoré de Balzac was a caffeine-addict … be careful. Thanks for this topic.

  2. Posted June 21, 2012 at 11:45 am by ib51 | Permalink

    Pregnant women, you can, now, drink a glass of snaps with your beloved coffee … nice, isn’t it. http://www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Andre_sprog/English/2012/06/21/124523.htm I understand why Danes feel the happiest people in the world :-)

  3. Posted June 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm by foodoflife | Permalink

    Yeah it’s kind of funny with the “snaps” ;)

    To answer you comment about decaffeinated coffee: The researchers sought to differentiate between regular coffee and decaffeinated coffee. It wasn’t possible for all topics but in regards to type 2-diabetes the same protective effect was found when drinking decaffeinated coffee.

    In regards to cardiovascular diseases the researcher could differentiate between filtered coffee and other types of brewing (but not between decaf and regular). I think that is a very interesting point.
    It’s not only the type of coffee we drink but also how we brew it..

    In regards to the anti-oxidant molecules I have asked one of our researches who knows about this and I’m waiting for the reply.

    /Camilla

  4. Posted June 22, 2012 at 8:10 am by Lars Ove Dragsted | Permalink

    There is no good evidence that antioxidants in coffee specifically are contributing to the anti-diabetic effects – in fact there is no solid evidence that food antioxidants have ever provided health benefits in any average Western population. There is evidence that compounds regarded as antioxidants have provided adverse effects in well-controlled studies so in the report we did not go into any speculations about antioxidation.

    Regarding filtering it is not correct that we are able to conclude on this with regard to heart disease risk. The story is that cellulose-containing coffee filters adsorb some coffee triterpenes, which are known to adversely affect cholesterol. So in theory filtered coffee should be better for individuals who have a problem with high cholesterol.

  5. Posted June 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm by ib51 | Permalink

    @ Lars Ove You are probably right. I’ve quoted antioxidant issue only because it’s a fashionable (and controversial) subject and it has drawn my attention when I read it on one of my reviews sometime ago (and, maybe, shame on me, to look like a serious contributor :-)).
    Never mind! If I like coffee, especially Nespresso, it’s for it taste, no for it ability to give me a longer life or a better health. And, with different type of coffee, you can choose many tastes all over the day … Ah! the taste of the first coffee in the morning … divine.
    Bruno.

  6. Posted June 26, 2012 at 10:52 am by foodoflife | Permalink

    @Bruno it is very fashionable to talk about antioxidants and your question actually brought some clarification to me, so don’t worry about being a serious contributor. ;) The taste of coffee in the morning is absolutely divine. :D

    /Camilla

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