- The media’s full of the latest coffee news…
- Including HOW MANY MINUTES LONGER you can live per cup….
- Good for you or bad? Why is the issue so confused, read our verdict
If true, it must be one of the best ways to turn back the clock…
A cup of coffee each morning!
Well, this is according to slew of reports that have hit the mainstream media…The Telegraph, The Mail, The BBC…
The latest scientific study into the health benefits of the black stuff says that a cup per day can cut your risk of dying by 12%. While 3 cups a day can slash this risk by 18%.
Study author Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter says: “Pro-rata, that’s as if that cup of coffee puts, on average, around nine minutes on a man’s life, and around three minutes on a woman’s”.
Hmm…that’s quite specific isn’t it?
Nine minutes per cup!
It means that so far today I’ve bought myself 27 minutes extra.
(FULL DISCLOSURE: I love coffee / am addicted to coffee.)
Not entirely sure it’s as simple as stacking up the minutes by guzzling coffee, though.
And it’s not the first time that coffee hype has swept the UK media.
I’ve been in this health writing game a long time and I’d say about every year there’s a major new coffee article.
- Year One: Coffee GOOD FOR YOU
- Year Two: Coffee BAD FOR YOU
- Year Three: Coffee both BAD and GOOD
- Year Four: Coffee FOUND ON MARS
- Year Five: Hidden DANGER in Coffee
- Year Six: Hidden BENEFIT of Coffee
- Year Seven: “Coffee Ran off With My Husband!”
There’s a phrase “Wake up and smell the coffee”.
Well, it certainly smells nice but CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT IT’S DOING TO MY BODY?
No, they can’t.
Or, rather, yes they can…
For instance, here’s the BBC’s headline on their story about the latest research.
“Coffee drinkers live longer – perhaps”
Even health journalists are now refusing to jump on the latest bandwagon or nail their colours to the mast.
Perhaps we all shouldn’t bother writing about coffee or thinking about coffee at all if nobody can make their minds up.
I’ll give you an example…
In 2105, a Harvard study suggested that moderate coffee consumption reduced your risk of dying prematurely from heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and Type 2 diabetes.
The lead researcher of that report, with the excellent name Ming Ding said: “Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation. That could explain some of our findings.”
But some studies have linked coffee to raised blood pressure and higher levels of bad cholesterol…
So perhaps the positive and the negative cancel each other out!
Then there’s how you drink it…
For instance, loading it with sugar and cream can change the healthiness.
Or if you drink filter coffee, it helps that processing strains out a substance called cafestol, which can boost bad cholesterol levels… whereas a caffetière or espresso machine leaves it in.
So for people worried about cholesterol, perhaps filter coffee is better.
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.
In other words…
It’s not a clear-cut case.
But where does that leave you?
Well, I can give you The People’s Doctor opinion, for what it’s worth.
Coffee: Our Verdict
There is new evidence that coffee has many health benefits for your brain, your immune system and your body’s insulin response.
There is also evidence that it has negative qualities if you over-consume it. Caffeine addiction is an example – although after a few withdrawal symptoms that isn’t something considered a major social or health problem.
The upshot is…
If you enjoy coffee then carry on! Drink it in moderation. Don’t feel guilty. Don’t panic about negative reports, as a positive one will come along soon. Just don’t pile it with sugar or drink it before you need to sleep.
If you don’t like coffee or don’t drink it much, don’t feel you’re missing out on the elixir of long life when you read all these amazing reports about its benefits. You don’t need to take it up like a new hobby. A negative article will come along soon enough. Just relax and find other healthy foods to enjoy.
I realise this isn’t a definitive answer but it would be irresponsible to try and claim something that not even scientists are certain about.
We go for the common-sense approach!
Personally, I love the stuff but I wouldn’t push it onto a stranger as some kind of medicine.
And there’s plenty to commend tea, too, if that’s your tipple.
A study in June published in the Journal of Hepatology, has shown that drinking coffee and herbal tea may protect against liver fibrosis and prevent advanced liver disease.
And in March last year, a study at the National University of Singapore showed that tea drinking reduces the risk of cognitive decline in elderly people by 50%.
While back in 2009 a study at the Institute of Food Technologists say that black tea not only has antioxidants but could help control diabetes.
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That’s it from me today, enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll be back with more next week.
Until then, stay healthy
PS: And if you love tea, try out Kosabei green tea.
It’s sourced from mountains of Kenya and is recognised as one of best tasting teas you can get.
And not only doesn’t it have the fluorides associated with most teas found in the supermarket, is has double most of the polythermals found in the best Japanese Matcha teas and as it is grown above the ‘bug line’ (over 5,500 feet) there are no pesticides used, making it one of the freshest and organically friendly teas you can have.
A recent University of Derby study said many teas (especially the ‘economy’ brands) had high fluoride levels, and linked this with bone and teeth problems, click to try Kosabei Tea.