Re-evaluating the cup of coffee
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine refutes the erroneous belief that coffee increases the risk of death
In recent years scientific studies have been refuting the widespread opinion that coffee is bad for our health, and proving that it has numerous protective effects.
According to the study, "Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality", published in the New England Journal of Medicine, drinking a lot of coffee does not increase the risk of death in general. By recording the causes of death of a sample of men and women, aged between 50 and 71 years, who had already been studied for a period of time ranging from 1 to 14 years, the study showed that, in healthy subjects, increased coffee consumption decreased mortality overall. In particular, mortality in men decreased by 1% in those who drank less than one cup of coffee per day, 6% in those who drank 1 and 10% in those who drank 2 or more cups a day.
Experts insist that a healthy person does not have to massively increase coffee consumption to stay in good health, but certainly a moderate consumption of 3-4 cups of coffee a day is part of a healthy lifestyle. More than 8 cups is considered to be excessive and can cause anxiety and arrhythmias.
In a small cup of espresso from the bar, there are 40 milligrams of caffeine, 80 in coffee homemade with the Moka, and 120 in American coffee. But the small Italian espresso also contains more than 900 substances including potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphates, sulphates, vitamins and polyphenols.