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Drink up?! Coffee consumption linked with positive health outcomes

Coffee arguably tops the list of the most consumed beverages in the U.S. and in many countries around the globe. The health benefits or risks of coffee consumption is a frequent question and concern from my intro nutrition students over the years. Observational studies have found that coffee consumption is linked with decreased risk of a variety of inflammatory related diseases including type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain types of cancer – and even reduction in all-cause mortality. Research and guidelines echo that intakes of 3-5 cups per day (about 400 mg. caffeine) appear not only to be safe, but potentially beneficial. It is important to note that intake of children and teens should be significantly less, if consumed at all. In addition, moderation is warranted for individuals sensitive to the effects of caffeine. The 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans cites popular coffee based sweetened beverages as a significant contributing source of added sugars in the U.S diet. Here’s a recent review of interest entitled Coffee consumption, health benefits and side effects: a narrative review and update for dietitians a....

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