Is Coffee Harmful?
Drinking coffee in the morning is a habit we all have in common. Coffee is the favorite drink for billions of people, but is it good for your health?
Recently, a team of scientists at the Harvard University conducted a study on 130 000 volunteers which lasted for 24 years, in order to examine the effects of coffee on the human body. As Dr. Rob van Dam stated, drinking coffee is a bad habit almost similar to smoking and alcohol abuse. However, the results of the study did not reflect his opinion – they showed that regular drinking of coffee has no negative impact on our health.
Not one participant in the study had increased risk of cancer or cardiovascular diseases compared to the people who didn’t drink coffee. The mortality rate in these two groups of people was the same, and even people who drank excessive amounts of coffee on a daily basis (6 cups or more) had no negative health changes whatsoever during the 24 years of the study.
The study also found that coffee can protect you from serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, cancer and liver cirrhosis.
However, regular consumption of coffee can have a minimal negative health impact in pregnant women due to the ability of caffeine to enter the fetus through the placenta. People with high blood pressure can also feel some negative effects, which should disappear over time, and drinking excessive amounts of brewed coffee without filter can increase your cholesterol levels.