Recent news will have cyclists jumping out of their
saddles to get to the nearest café after researchers have determined that
coffee may well come with considerable health benefits. They’ve even gone as
far as to say that drinking as many as seven cups a day reduces the chance of
an early death! Here’s more…
The paper, published in the British Medical Journal, saw
scientists from the Universities of Southampton and Edinburgh release their
data – which looked at more than 200 previous studies into the health effects
of caffeine – and concluded that coffee consumption is linked with a range of
health benefits. What’s more, they also went on to say that the benefits outweigh
any potential negative effects.
What Are the
Benefits of Drinking Coffee?
The research determined that the optimum amount of coffee was three to
four cups a day, in terms of health benefits. By sipping on this amount of
coffee, drinkers can expect to enjoy the following:
- Lower risk of developing heart problems
- Liver disease
- Some cancers
Lastly, 3-4 coffees per day would reduce the chances of an
early death by 17 percent!
For those of you who love nothing more than to see off in excess of six
cups per day (several, post-group ride, perhaps) the study has some good news
for you too! Consuming seven cups of coffee per day reduces the risk of an
early death of 10 percent.
The study’s authors did mention that pregnant women
are not included in the benefits, as this level of coffee consumption is
actually a risk for them. Venti mochas with caramel syrup are also a no-go –
it’s the healthy options that people will benefit from, such as Americanos.
“Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverages worldwide. As
such, even small individual health effects could be important on a population
scale,” wrote the authors of the study.
“Coffee consumption seems generally safe within usual
levels of intake, with summary estimates indicating largest risk reduction for
various health outcomes at three to four cups a day, and more likely to benefit
health than harm.”
Coffee is the beverage of choice for cyclists around the
world, with a host of studies already demonstrating that caffeine can benefit
your performance (much like the excitement of owning new carbon bike wheels), particularly
when exercising at high-intensity.
But at the end of the day, coffee is a super-tasty way to
polish off a ride with your friends and a slice of flapjack. Extra cup, anyone?
Image: Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious.