THE TRUTH ME­TER

Cof­fee Edi­tion

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“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.

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