Coffee addicts don't have to feel guilty anymore!
Recent studies show that past research conducted during the 1970s-80s is outdated and that coffee really isn't that bad for you.
Studies in the 70s and 80s said that coffee could increase risk of heart disease or cancer, but this research failed to take smoking or other unhealthy habits into account.
Recent studies show no evidence that coffee can increase risk of heart disease or cancer, after a study conducted on 130,000 adults over a 24 year period.
Studies also show that coffee can help decrease your risk of skin cancer. Caffeine in coffee can work with "repair genes" that can help decrease your risk of skin cancer.
Additionally, studies of coffee drinkers show a decrease in type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease prevention, improved memory, mood, and energy.
But, as with anything, moderation is key.
Coffee is still risky for pregnant women, since it can increase the risk of miscarriage. A compound in coffee called cafestol can also increase cholesterol (however most coffee filters filter this out).
Dr. Rob van Dam of Harvard recommends not drinking coffee to the point where it messes up your sleep schedule or heart rate. And he doesn't recommend that those who aren't yet coffee drinkers start this addiction.