For many of us, coffee is essential for our livelihood, especially if you’re Latino (a shot of cafecito around the 3:00 p.m. mark is basically a tradition). And it turns out, that caffeinated nectar that gets us through the day is officially considered to be good for you!
According to Bloomberg, an independent panel of scientists just submitted a report to the federal government proposing changes to its dietary guidelines. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee hadn’t discussed caffeine in previous reports, but they took the time this year to extol the health virtues of a cup of coffee.
According to the report, there is “strong evidence” that drinking a moderate amount of coffee (three to five cups per day, or up to 400 milligrams of caffeine) won’t negatively affect your health. In fact, the panel argues, there’s evidence that coffee can decrease your risk of type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease. “Therefore, moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern, along with other healthful behaviors,” the report’s authors write.
“Coffee’s good stuff. I don’t want to get into implying coffee cures cancer — nobody thinks that,” committee member Tom Brenna told Bloomberg. “But there is no evidence for increased risk, if anything, the other way around.”
Before you order a Frappuccino, there is a catch (as always). Lattes and high-caffeine energy drinks are not included. You have to drink it black, because added sugar, cream, and milk can pack on the calories. Still, bring on the café!