Whilst previous research has suggested that increasing a daily intake of coffee in the office is bad for our health, a new study finds this might not be the case after all.
As has been the case for several years now, Britain has become a nation of Coffee drinkers. Whilst most workers will sometimes opt for Tea instead for their caffeine fix, Britain became the third largest consumer of coffee several years ago – and that shows no signs of changing.
Good news then, that a study arrived this week which reveals there’s no need to panic about a large intake of coffee in the office unlike what has been stated in the past.
Here’s what Queen Mary University of London found.
Increasing Coffee in the Office Poses No Extra Health Risks
Studying more than 8,000 people in their survey, a research team from Queen Mary University of London conducted a study on the impact of Coffee intake.
To establish their findings, the team split the study participants into three separate groups, comprising of:
• Those who drank less than one cup of Coffee a day
• Those who drank between one and three cups of Coffee a day
• Those who drank three or more cups of Coffee a day
Interestingly, the quoted average amount of Coffee consumed across the group was five cups of Coffee a day. The highest amount? Almost two dozen cups of Coffee a day.
The study, part funded by the British Heart Foundation, put each participant under MRI heart scans and infrared pulse wave tests.
Each participant was also profiled based on their age, weight and smoking status, with their results still coming to the same conclusion.
At the end of the study period, the researchers concluded that those who decide to drink Coffee in the office or at home at the rate of a cup an hour are no more at risk than those who drink less than once cup of Coffee a day.
Coffee Not as Bad for Arteries as Previous Studies Suggested
Dr Kenneth Fung, responsible for helping to coordinate the new study, comments further on how the previous research on increased consumption of Coffee in the office or in the home, may not be as conclusive as first thought.
“Despite the huge popularity of Coffee worldwide, different reports could put people off from enjoying it.
Whilst we can’t prove a casual link in this study, our research indicates coffee isn’t as bad for the arteries as previous studies would suggest.
Although our study included individuals who drink up to 25 cups a day, the average intake amongst the highest coffee consumptions group was five cups a day.”
Whilst the survey did indicate that increasing our intake of Coffee in the office or at home may not cause heart issues like first reported, Fung does explain that there may still need to be safe limits put into place, commenting:
“We would like to study these people more closely in our future work so that we can help to advise safe limits.”
How Much Coffee in the Office Do You Drink?
Do you drink Coffee in the office or home?
If so, how many cups do you consume a day?
And if you don’t drink Coffee, are you Tea drinker instead?
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