THE TRUTH METER
“COFFEE BOOSTS YOUR WORKOUT”
Feel like you’re dragging too much to hit the gym? A scientific review found that having the amount of caffeine in a 12-ounce cup of joe before exercising helped athletes perform better and for longer.
“JAVA IS #1 SOURCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS”
We see that phrase thrown around a lot online. Yes, coffee is antioxidant-rich, but this claim is from 2005. We’d like some more up-to-date proof before saying coffee is still the absolute top antioxidant source for Americans.
“IT’S BAD FOR YOUR HEART”
Extremely high doses of caffeine (such as what you'd get slugging energy drinks) may cause irregular heartbeats, but recent research shows no heart risk from normal coffee consumption. In fact, one review found that 3 to 5 cups a day may lower your risk of dying from heart problems.
“IT CAUSES CANCER”
There’s no hard evidence in humans (only rats) that acrylamide—a compound found in small amounts in roasted coffee—causes cancer. Despite a California ruling that cafés must post cancer warnings, realistically this chemical is not a threat. There’s even evidence that coffee may reduce your risk for certain cancers.