How much coffee is safe to drink everyday?
That is one of the great modern debates. As far as research goes, the pendulum swings every few months or so.
Many Americans get more antioxidants from drinking coffee than from any other sources in their diet.
The Caffeine Gene
However, other research points to possible heart risks. Apparently it’s a genetic thing. Some people metabolize caffeine quickly (and have a lower heart attack risk). Others have the opposite situation.
Among slow-metabolizers, those who drank two or more cups of coffee daily were at least 36 percent more likely to have a nonfatal heart attack than those who drank little or no coffee. Even higher risks were found for younger slow metabolizers — those under 50. They were up to four times more likely to have a heart attack than slow metabolizers in their age group who drank little or no coffee.
So how much should you drink? The answer is, of course, individual. the co-author of the study admits “that one size does not fit all”.
How do you find out if you are a fast or slow metabolizer?
For now, there’s no easy way to know if you’re a fast or slow caffeine metabolizer. Staying awake all night if you drink coffee in the afternoon doesn’t mean you’re a slow metabolizer, and a genetic test that could answer the question is used in research but is not commercially available
That’s charming. It’s like Russian Roulette. Drink your coffee – but you may or may not be one of those people who will end up with a heart attack.
Around Two Cups?
Moderation is the key – and so is pleasure. Most people do well with around two cups of coffee a day.
This delivers a moderate amount of caffeine, while still giving the drinker the antioxidant benefit of the coffee bean.
Note: Go to energy fiend to find out caffeine levels in coffee.
Coffee is my vice, and I will continue to slowly savor every sip of every coffee.