Until recently, drinking it was considered an unhealthy habit, but subsequent studies show that it is quite the opposite. – The vast majority of the latest scientific literature indicates the health-promoting effect of coffee – emphasizes Dr. Regina Wierzejska. September 29 is the International Coffee Day.
For many years, drinking coffee on a regular basis was thought to have a negative effect on health. The breakthrough came in 2002 when a Dutch study showed that coffee reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes. In the following years, scientists discovered that consuming moderate amounts of it may have a positive effect, among others on the work of the heart and circulatory system.
– The vast majority of the latest scientific literature points to health-promoting effect of coffee. And it certainly refutes the belief that it is a harmful drug, which was still functioning in the 1990s, ‘says Dr. Regina Wierzejska, prof. National Institute of Public Health, NIH – National Research Institute.
So it seems that we can celebrate the International Coffee Day on September 29 with a few cups of “little black coffee” without any remorse.
How many coffees can I drink per day?
As Wierzejska emphasizes, the health-promoting properties of coffee are associated with polyphenols, i.e. organic compounds contained in coffee. – They have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, or simply put, inhibit cell agingwhich leads to organ damage – explains the dietitian. Until recently, avoiding coffee was recommended to people with hypertension. Today is the opposite. More and more good-quality studies show that regular consumption of coffee does not harm such people reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases – he adds.
How many cups of coffee per day can be considered as “reasonable amount”? – You have to remember that coffee is also a source of caffeine, which is a psychoactive substance. Given the recommendations for caffeine alone, it is optimal to consume three to five cups of coffee a daydepending on its power. Best to drink black and unsweetened coffee, brewed with the filter. It stops lipid compounds that raise the level of cholesterol in the blood – emphasizes prof. Wierzejska.
The dietitian also draws attention to the unfair, in her opinion, bad opinion, which is trailing behind instant coffee. – Its producers often include information on the label that their product contains 100% natural coffee. I am not surprised at all, because for many years there has been an opinion that it is an inferior type of coffee. However, my research shows that it often contains even more polyphenols than that prepared in a traditional way – says the expert of the National Institute of Public Health.
Coffee and diabetes and heart disease
This year research by scientists from the Semmelweis Institute in Budapest and Queen Mary University indicate that in people who drink two cups of coffee a day the risk of dying from cardiovascular problems was 17 percent. lower and the risk of stroke by 21%. lower than in people who avoid it.
Scientists have also found that coffee contains minerals and antioxidants that make it may reduce the risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes and dementia. In turn, the caffeine contained in coffee lowers the appetiteand thus may contribute to the reduction of the risk of obesity.
How much coffee do Poles drink?
According to last year’s data from the Food Research Institute the average Pole drinks as much as 95 liters of coffee a year. To prepare this amount of drink, you need 3 kg of coffee beans. In terms of consumption of this drink, our country is located in 11th place in the world. The Scandinavians drink the most coffee – Finns came first, followed by Norwegians, Icelanders and Danes.
tvn24.pl, Food Research Institute
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