Love a long black in the morning, piccolo at 3PM and espresso in the AM? Well coffee lovers, have we got some good news for you! You can now throw in an affogato or two to the mix, with latest research now finding, the quantity of coffee you drink makes no difference when it comes to keeping your heart happy. In the study, conducted by the British Heart Foundation, researchers were able to determine that it doesn’t matter whether it’s one cup of java or up to 25, it has no adverse affect on your heart health.
In the study of over 8000 people, researchers found that those who drank up to 25 cups a day were no more likely to experience any stiffening of the arteries (that can lead to a heart attack) than someone who drinks less than a cup a day. To test the theory accurately, scientists divided groups into three—those who drank less than a cup a day, those who drank one to three cups a day and the third who drank more than three and up to 25 cups per day. They were then tested with MRI scans and infrared pulse wave tests, in addition to noting main factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, smoking status, weight, blood pressure, diet and how much alcohol they drank. The result? Those drinking 5-25 cups showed absolutely no significant increase in stiffness of blood vessels compared to those who had only one.
In response to the study, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation said: ‘he believes it’s now finally bringing an understanding of the impact of coffee on the heart and circulatory system—“something researchers and the media have been brewing over for some time.” “There are several conflicting studies saying different things about coffee, and it can be difficult to ‘filter’ what we should believe and what we shouldn’t. This hopefully puts the media reports in perspective, as it rules out the potential detrimental effects of coffee on our arteries.” Translation? Unless your pregnant or have been advised against it by your doctor, feel free to brew away baby! *She says smugly as she drinks her second double shot coffee for the day…*