The Coffee Conundrum

Posted on: 09 June 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

Common coffee misconceptions have been laid to rest with the latest research.


Although it's been one of the nation's favoured beverages for millions of people for thousands of years, there is still a common perception that drinking coffee is bad for you.

According to new research out today, many of us remain unaware that coffee is an important source of fluid in the diet and may have health benefits such as protecting against the development of Alzheimer's Disease and type 2 diabetes.

The report, released by The British Coffee Association, revealed that nearly 87% of people avoid coffee because they're worried about getting dehydrated. In fact, a cup of coffee counts as one of your recommended 'eight glasses of fluid a day'. Research confirms that a couple of cups a day - which is the amount drunk by one in six of us - are in fact no more likely to dehydrate you than plain water.

Likewise, suspicion lingers around coffee's main active ingredient - caffeine. However, this mild stimulant can boost adrenaline levels and temporarily increases both physical and mental performance.

The benefits of drinking more coffee are particularly relevant to the over 50s. Studies also suggest that coffee may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and type 2 diabetes. In the case of the latter, a US study found that in men and women who drank more than 4 cups of coffee per day had 67% less risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who drank no coffee.

There's also evidence to suggest that the humble drink may also be beneficial in cases of heart disease, liver disease and even some cancers.

Diana Moran, breakfast TV's legendary 'Green Goddess' has long been renowned as the living embodiment of energetic health. She had the following to say about the potential benefits of coffee drinking,

"I'm the kind of person who likes to keep really active and I find a cup of a coffee is a great way to stay energised - and what's more it even helps me stay hydrated. "

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