As if it wasn't enough that there are three illnesses you can treat with bacon, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (which includes professors of nutrition and health) recently released a recommendation stating that drinking three to five cups of coffee per day can actually be beneficial to your health, and is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Additionally, at that level of constant caffeination, your risk of sleeping is probably cut in half as well.
According to the panel, a "moderate" level of coffee consumption is between three and five cups of joe per day (WHAAAAT ARE THEY ON?! Besides coffee, I guess.), but The Washington Post has cited studies saying that most Americans only drink one, meaning that people aren't cashing in on the health benefits of caffeine nearly as much as they could be.
The government hasn't yet adopted the panel's findings (it's just a recommendation for now), but it's pretty safe to bet that their official stance will align with that of the professors. So snag that fifth cup, America, and know that science is on your side.
Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and always knew Special Agent Dale Cooper was onto something. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.