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Should We Drink Coffee for the Medical Benefits?

The New York Times asks the pressing questions.

BY March 1, 2016


We all drink coffee for the health perks, right? It’s been shown to have a whole host of potential health benefits, from Alzheimer’s prevention to lowered risk for diabetes. So, yes, let’s keep telling our groggy selves that a cup of coffee is just what the doctored ordered.

The New York Times took this a step further.

The non-coffee drinking reporter (sounds like an oxymoron) posed a question to doctors. "Should I start drinking java?"

He couldn’t find a doctor to actually recommend it.

“It’s one thing to say it’s safe,” Dr. Rob van Dam of Harvard University told the writer. “It’s another thing to recommend it as a medical choice even though people don’t like it and they’d have to make an effort to adopt it. We’d need a different level of evidence to recommend it to people.”

Coffee can have drawbacks, of course, including insomnia and heartburn. But the doctors say it’s just like any personal choice—go for it if you like it, but no need to start if you don’t.

Now, excuse me while I take my daily dose. 


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