One more cup of coffee ... and 24 more: rethinking the refill

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One more cup of coffee ... and 24 more: rethinking the refill

A new study has found that what constitutes too much coffee may be much more than you thought

Tymon Smith

Coffee – that great elixir that keeps the cogs of the machine working. For years the debate has raged as to whether or not too much of the modern world’s favourite engine oil is bad for us. A plethora of studies has been conducted over the years, with coffee lovers alternately been told that it’s good for us, while other studies have warned that too much coffee can have detrimental effects on your arteries, putting pressure on the heart and increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

However a new study, partly funded by The British Heart Foundation, has some good news for coffee lovers and addicts – it turns out what constitutes too much coffee may be much more than you thought. In fact, the study found that drinking five cups a day is no worse for your ticker than one cup, and even people who drink up to 25 cups of coffee a day are no more at risk than people who only drink one a day.

The study surveyed more than 8,000 people, broken up into three groups, each of whom was responsible for self-reporting their coffee consumption. The first group was made up of those who drank less than one cup of coffee a day; the second group of those who reported drinking one to three cups, and the third group was made up those who drank more than three and included some who reported drinking up to 25 cups a day. Anyone who drank more than 25 cups was excluded from the research...

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