Popular YouTube medical investigation series Healthcare Triage recently featured coffee and its impact on health. The results are not surprising to those of us working in the coffee or medical industries but still, the image of coffee as a vice persists despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary. Dr. Aaron Carroll, who is featured on the video mentions that he began researching coffee for the NY Times Upshot article that appeared earlier this year on the same subject:
“When I set out to look at the research on coffee and health, I thought I’d see it being associated with some good outcomes and some bad ones, mirroring the contradictory reports you can often find in the news media. This didn’t turn out to be the case.”
Based on the apprehension of most consumers to view coffee as a beneficial health drink, one might expect there to be tradeoffs. Some positive benefits in exchange for some known drawbacks but there are practically none. Don’t smoke with your coffee and avoid using sugar or cream and coffee is, as the program summarizes:
“…a completely reasonable addition to a healthy diet with more potential benefits seen in research than almost any other beverage we’re consuming.”
“If any other health factor had these kinds of positive associations all across the board, the media would be all over it. We’d be pushing it on everyone; whole interventions would be built up around it.”
Enjoy your coffee while you watch this video, knowing that you’re doing something good for yourself.