It’s sad news for coffee-lovers everywhere: although our metaphorical hearts can’t get enough, there’s a limit to how much our physical ones can safely handle.
Fortunately, the limit is one that most of us can probably live with. A recently-published study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has identified the tipping point of six cups per day for increased risk of heart disease.
It’s not all bad news for the coffee-dependent: those drinking one to two cups daily actually had a decreased rate of heart disease compared with those who did not drink coffee, or drank decaf. Moderation is key however, as six or more cups per day can potentially increase risk by up to 22%.
Interestingly, the study found no difference in heart health risk for those who were genetically better able to metabolise caffeine.
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