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How much coffee is too much? How much coffee is bad for you?

People often ask us how much coffee is too much or how much coffee is bad for you, so we thought we’d try and write up the definitive answer.

First, a caveat - it’s not the coffee, but the caffeine – that means you should limit your consumption every day.

If you’re drinking decaf, you can drink as much as you’d like all day and all night.

If that’s of interest, then check out our range of Swiss Water Decaf process decaffeinated coffees. Right, plug over.

Across the board, science is showing there are many health benefits to drinking coffee, so it’s really worth drinking coffee for health reasons – not just for the taste alone.

Health benefits include a lowered risk of stroke and heart failure, living longer and lower “risk of dying”.

But, when does regular coffee drinking’s dangers outweigh the benefits?

Well, for many years, we simply didn’t know what the best limit on number of cups to consume per day.  

Recently, however, scientists have been asking if there’s actually a limit or not to drinking coffee.

A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in March 2019 detailed how the University of South Australia used the power of big data to analyse several wide ranging studies along with their own study examining the health and habits of over 347,000 coffee drinkers.

Through this big data, they came to the following conclusions:

  • The upper limit to regular coffee consumption should be 5 cups of coffee a day max
  • Health benefits can be felt with as few as 1 cup a day, so 5 cups of coffee do not need be reached to get significant health benefits
  • After 5 cups per day, there is increased risk of heart disease and blood pressure issues and there is cardiovascular risk. So, once you reach 6 cups per day, the risk of heart disease goes up 22%.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the health benefits of coffee, why not visit out comprehensive FAQ on Health Benefits of Decaffeinated Coffee. It’s got everything there on one page.


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