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26 June 2012
Regular, moderate coffee consumption may reduce your risk of heart failure, a study has claimed.
Researchers found that drinking the equivalent of four cups of coffee per day had the most significant benefit on heart health, compared to drinking none at all. However, drinking more than this amount was found to increase people's risk of heart failure.
Victoria Taylor, Senior Dietitian at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), said: "It's often assumed that coffee is associated with heart problems, but this review suggests that for moderate drinkers this isn't necessarily the case.
"We currently say that drinking up to 4-5 cups of coffee a day should be fine for your heart, so this doesn't change this advice. However, before you head straight to the coffee shop, it's important to note that a cup is classed as 150ml. This is the size of a traditional teacup you would have at home, but be aware that a 'regular' coffee in a high street chain can be twice this size.
"Aside from the coffee itself, it is also worth thinking about how you take your coffee. The cream or milk that you take it with can add calories and saturated fat to your diet. Going 'skinny' and having your drink made with low fat milk is a healthier option."
This study was published in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation Heart Failure.