Researchers have found even more evidence that coffee can be good for you. People who drink regular, moderate amounts of coffee are less likely to die from a range of diseases, from diabetes to heart disease.
The cutoff seems to be around five cups a day, and even decaf coffee helps, the team at Harvard University’s school of public health found.
But even heavy coffee drinking doesn’t appear to offset the damage caused by smoking, they report in the journal Circulation.
“The main message is that regular consumption, meaning three to five cups of coffee a day, is associated with lower risk in total mortality and mortality from several causes like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and suicide,” Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology who helped lead the study, told NBC News.