I have been interested in writing a post about coffee for some time. Everywhere you look there seems to be opposing information. Is it good for you or is it bad for you?
As for me, if I’m to have any vices at all, it might as well be coffee. I live in the Pacific Northwest and coffee here is a lifesaver during the long, gray and rainy season. And besides, I’m stubborn, and I love it…and ok fine, I’m addicted!
Anyway, I recently came across a post by Primal, MD, Ryan Town, that covers this subject far better than I could give effort to. Thankfully, he’s given permission to redistribute this work if credit is given.
Evidence-Based Practice: Coffee
Over half of all American adults drink some form of coffee on a daily basis. But is it good for you? There are a plethora of ways to drink it: iced, with skim, 1%, 2%, whole, cream, half and half, with soy, a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, artificial sweetener, non-dairy creamer, as espresso, etc. Ask around and you’ll get just as many different opinions as to whether or not it’s good for you: it cures cancer, it causes cancer, it is hard on your heart, or it lowers blood pressure. What the hell is going on here? So, I decided to kick off my first EBP article by boiling down all the research I could find on coffee into a coherent, science-based recommendation.
What follows this introduction is a lot of summarization of research articles, so I will briefly give my recommendation on coffee. If you are currently healthy and enjoy coffee, drink it – but drink it black, and no more than six, 6-ounce cups, (or about 1 liter total) per day. Habitual drinking of four or five “cups” spread throughout each day is encouraged, but…(more)