Myths about coffee brought down by science

Over the years the coffee It has enjoyed a not so popular fame, especially related to beliefs and myths that have to do with its supposed effects on health, and particularly on its influence on the appearance of certain conditions and diseases.

And, all this, despite the fact that coffee has been one of the most consumed beverages in the world for many years, especially in developed countries (especially in Europe and the United States): around 400,000 million are drunk each year of coffee cups.

The consumption in Finland stands out, with around 12 kilograms of coffee per person, followed very closely by Norway (10 kg), Sweden (8.4 kg) and Holland (8.2 kg).

Regarding cups of coffee that can be taken daily, we know that Coffee taken in normal amounts is beneficial for health, although on many occasions it has not been considered that way. But as with any food or drink, always everything consumed in excess becomes harmful to our health. So, the most advisable thing is Do not exceed 4 cups of coffee per day, which amounts to around between 400 to 550 mg. of caffeine a day.

The main beliefs about the effects of coffee denied by science

Precisely because it is one of the most popular and consumed drinks over the years, coffee has been widely studied in order to know its benefits and effects on health, and especially to determine whether or not it can cause certain years.

On many occasions, with some frequency, harmful side effects have been attributed to him when the reality was very different. In the same way that, for example, over time has also occurred with other foods, such as olive oil or egg (and its relationship or not with high blood cholesterol levels).

Breast cancer

Until recently it was believed that the consumption of caffeine increased the risk of breast cancer, especially when that consumption was regular, as a result of the action of caffeine.

However, the reality is quite different: different scientific studies have confirmed that drinking coffee or consuming a food rich in caffeine does not increase the risk of breast cancer.

Moreover, scientists from Skane University Hospital and Lund University (in Sweden), concluded that coffee is useful to inhibit the growth of breast cancer, since cancer cells reacted to the substances present in coffee, especially caffeine , observing a greater cell death and a smaller division.

Arterial hypertension

Over the years it has been suspected that coffee raises blood pressure, thus becoming a beverage that could cause high blood pressure.

While is true that coffee raises blood pressure momentarily, by the action of precisely the caffeine, the reality is very different: it is not demonstrated that the habitual consumption of coffee causes arterial hypertension.

Moreover, the own 'Spanish Society of Hypertension - Spanish League for the Fight against Arterial Hypertension', published a few years ago a guide in which indicated that the clinical guidelines themselves advise that those with hypertension who wish to continue consuming coffee, can Do it by taking 1 to 3 cups a day.


The osteoporosis consists of a bone disease which is characterized mainly by the decrease in the density of the bone tissue, thus having as a consequence an exaggerated bone fragility.

Until recently it was believed that regular coffee consumption could be a related cause of osteoporosis. However, the reality is different: there does not seem to be an increase in risk, even among those who consume it quite frequently.

Of course, the controversy probably arose in that those who are habitual consumers of coffee also tend to feed poorly and smoke. And these are two causes that contribute to the onset of osteoporosis. This article is published for informational purposes only. You can not and should not replace the consultation with a Nutritionist. We advise you to consult your trusted Nutritionist. ThemesCoffee

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