Fact: Coffee is delicious, and for some of us, it’s a requirement in the mornings. But what are the benefits of coffee, or the benefits of caffeine overall? More and more research has shown that a moderate about of coffee is much better for you than previously thought, and that coffee drinks are actually less likely to suffer from dementia, type-2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s.
The Mayo Clinic claims that “for most people, the health benefits outweigh the risks” when it comes to coffee drinking. “Most studies find an association between coffee consumption and decreased overall mortality,” they claim.
Corroborating this claim is the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, which included about 130,000 subjects. Harvard claims that they did not find any correlation between coffee consumption and cancer (as had previously been suggested) and they also claim a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
That said, moderation in all things: there is such a thing as too much coffee (if you start to feel unpleasant side effects), and young people especially shouldn’t drink large doses of the stuff. When it comes to the issue of coffee versus tea, however, the issue isn’t exactly clear-cut: rather than eschewing all coffee in favor of healthier-seeming green tea, consider simply cutting back to one cup of coffee a day, and changing your afternoon cups to green tea instead.