In short, researchers found drinking coffee was consistently associated with a lower risk of death from all causes and a lower risk of several cancers, as well as type 2 diabetes, gallstones and gout. Ever more, increasing coffee consumption may substantially reduce the risk of cirrhosis, was found. But possibly not caffeine is the magic ingredient. Other substances on the coffee may be involved.
There is a warning too: some groups of people who should approach coffee with caution. Pregnant women and women at risk of fracture should limit their coffee consumption. In an editorial linked to the review, Eliseo Guallar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health writes that people shouldn’t start drinking coffee simply to prevent disease, given that some people are at higher risk of adverse affects. Around the world over two billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. The researchers say coffee drinkers should stick to “healthy coffees” – which avoid extra sugar, milk or cream, or a fatty snack on the side. Let’s take a coffee, now !