Moderate Coffee and Tea Consumption

Summer 2010 CSANews Issue 75  |  Posted date : Jul 20, 2010.Back to list

A recent study has shown that moderate coffee and tea consumption reduces the risk of heart disease.

The study, led by physicians and researchers at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands, examined coffee and tea consumption by 37,514 people over a 13-year period. Results showed that those who drank two to four cups of coffee per day had a 20 per cent lower risk of heart disease, compared to those who drank more than four or less than two cups per day.

Also, drinking three to six cups of tea per day showed a 45 per cent reduction in the risk of dying from heart disease, compared to drinking less than one cup per day. Drinking more than six cups per day showed a 36 per cent lower risk of getting heart disease in the first place.

The benefits of coffee and tea are not entirely clear, although researchers believe that antioxidants and other plant chemicals found in the drinks may have an effect on health.

Of the people participating in the study, none suffered from heart-related disorders, so it's difficult for researchers to predict whether drinking coffee or tea is beneficial to those already afflicted. However, it's safe to say that for healthy people, drinking moderate amounts of coffee and tea is not harmful, and may even offer some health benefits.