HEADLINES Published February26, 2015 By Staff Writer

How Can Coffee Promote Health?

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A new dietary report says three to five cups of coffee per day cannot harm healthy individuals.

Are you a coffee drinker? Well, there's more reason for you to indulge for more coffee. A new report released last week by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) says that strong evidence can attest that drinking three to five cups of coffee a day or up to 400 mg of caffeine is not linked to long-term health risks among healthy individuals and In fact, it can give many health benefits too.

Many studies say that drinking coffee is associated with reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in healthy adults. Also, it was proven that coffee or caffeine intake can reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease as well as reaction time for runners. Ironically, it keeps you hydrated and it can restore glycogen levels.

The report says, "Therefore, moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern, along with other healthful behaviors," as reported by Runner's World. Tom Brenna, a nutritionist from Cornell University and a member of the panel, said that the DGAC has long been conducting researches on the health benefits of coffee to the body.

He said, "Coffee's good stuff. I don't want to get into implying coffee cures cancer-nobody thinks that. But there is no evidence for increased risk, if anything, the other way around." Among athletes, it has shown good health benefits and preventing illness.

However, they reiterated that drinking coffee with much sugar and creamer can be detrimental to the health. Adding minimal calories from sugar and high-fat dairy products is now recommended.

The DGAC recommendations were submitted to the United States Department of Health and Human Services for evaluation and the results will be released this year.

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