Coffee lovers we have some great news for you! For a long time, coffee was considered a guilty pleasure. It was something that people drank in spite of the effects on their health. Now it looks like coffee is actually good for you! Some of the latest research, a study published in the journal Circulation – even suggests drinking coffee may enhance your life span! This is great news for the 61% of Americans that drink coffee!

In a study that followed more than 200,000 people for up to 30 years, researchers collected data on participants' diet and behavior, including coffee drinking. Among non-smokers, those who drank one cup of coffee a day had a six percent reduced risk of death compared to those who drank no coffee. Drinking one to three cups a day lowered death risk by eight percent while three to five cups daily resulted in a 15 percent lower risk. Drinking coffee was also associated with a lower risk of death from a number of diseases including heart disease

In the featured study, benefits increased up to five cups a day, but then seemed to taper off. Americans can safely consume up to five cups of coffee a day, or approximately 400 milligrams of caffeine, with no detrimental effects.

The important part is understanding serving sizes, which is difficult for some people. Just because your favorite coffee houses sell coffee in a 24oz cup doesn't make that a serving. A typical serving is five to eight ounces with about 100 mg of caffeine. A small cup at many coffee houses starts at 12 ounces while a large cup may hold 20 to 24 ounces.

We often post about weight management and good nutrition and how important it is for your overall health and wellness. That is why it is always important to check your nutrition labels and make sure you are always monitoring your serving sizes. Moderation is key for a healthy life. Over indulgence in coffee, or any food or drink is easy when you aren't reading the labels of your groceries. Contact us today to learn more about weight management, proper nutrition, or even how to join one of our 90 day weight loss programs! Our programs are proven to help you lose the extra weight, especially after the holiday season!