Researchers can not agree on the dangers of caffeine in coffee, with some researchers saying it is actually good for you.
There are certain food and drink items that are constantly reclassified as either safe or unsafe for human consumption, especially in large quantities. Those items include milk, eggs and coffee.
A new report from Europe issued yet another warning about the dangers of coffee consumption, just months after American researchers determined that coffee is just fine, thank you, and can actually be beneficial to one’s health in some cases.
So here is what we know today. Read this story in a timely fashion, because this information will be updated quickly and frequently.
In late May, the European Food Safety Authority said that more than 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day, which translates to about four cups of coffee, is linked to heart problems, insomnia and panic attacks. For pregnant women, the level of safe consumption of caffeine is halved.
As pointed out by the BBC upon reporting on the findings, caffeine is found in items other than coffee. Dark chocolate, tea, soda and energy drinks are also loaded with caffeine, and those jump the daily numbers as well.
It doesn’t matter, though, if you listen to Harvard Women’s Health Watch, which recently released research that shows that caffeinated coffee in moderation is not only not dangerous, but offers some health benefits. The studies show that the risk for type 2 diabetes is lower among regular coffee drinkers than among those who do not drink coffee.
Also, coffee can reduce the development of gallstones, can discourage the development of colon cancer, can improve cognitive function, reduce the risk of liver damage and reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Wow! Let’s all have a cup of joe and keep ourselves healthy for the long term.
The United States government is getting involved as well. In its most recent dietary guidelines, issued every five years, the U.S. government stated that coffee is not harmful, even when consumed at great quantities.
“We looked at all the science (and) we found no negative, adverse effects on health when you drink up to three to five cups a day,’’ said Miriam Nelson, a professor in the School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and a member of the U.S. dietary guidelines committee.
Nelson continues, declaring the positives of coffee consumption. “In fact, there is a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and a couple of cancers,’’ Nelson said.
A moderate amount of coffee is considered to be 500 milligrams of caffeine a day.
“”There is no evidence whatsoever for negative health consequences in the general population and if anything, the signal was in another direction,’’ said Tom Brenna, another member of the dietary guidelines committee. “It seems to be protective.
“The real takeaway is, have your coffee in the morning with complete confidence that at least on average, nobody ever found any problem,’’ he said.
The panel also found no evidence of coffee intake related to premature birth, but Brenna cautioned against consuming mass quantities just as a precaution.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.