Dueling studies: Coffee

Published May 14, 2020

University of South Australia: “Excess cof­fee con­sump­tion a cul­prit for poor health

… too much cof­fee can increase the risk of osteoarthri­tis, arthropa­thy (joint dis­ease) and obe­si­ty. […] six cups* of cof­fee a day were con­sid­ered the upper lim­it of safe consumption.

Anglia Ruskin University: “Coffee linked to low­er body fat in women

Overall, the aver­age total body fat per­cent­age was 2.8% low­er among women of all ages who drank two or three cups of cof­fee per day.

Among women aged between 45–69, those who drank four or more cups had an adi­pos­i­ty per­cent­age 4.1% lower.

So they’re not real­ly con­tra­dic­to­ry — togeth­er they rein­force the cur­rent think­ing that four to six cups* of cof­fee a day is the sweet spot. We’ll stick with that.

* That’s about two to three American mugs
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