The old myth that coffee stunts your growth isn't the only thing our parents lied to us about. In fact, it turns out drinking coffee may actually help you live a longer, healthier life! And also, your mom really wanted to keep her coffee to herself.
Healthcare Triage combed countless scientific studies for a new video that shows coffee is in no way harmful to your health, and what's more -- cue the espresso shots -- it's likely good for you.
According to a study by the American Heart Association, people who drink a "moderate amount" of coffee (3-5 8oz cups a day) were at the lowest risk of heart disease, and people who drink 5 or more cups a day were at no more risk than non-coffee drinkers. Go rub that in your condescending coworkers' faces! Additionally, drinking 2-6 cups a day was associated with a lower risk of stroke. And in terms of heart failure, coffee consumption needed to reach around 10 cups a day before there were any risks seen. Seriously, who is drinking 10 cups of a coffee a day, and do you need a hug?
And more good news! Coffee drinking is associated with lower incidents of cancer, Parkinson's, and lower cognitive decline. There's also evidence that it could protect against Alzheimer's. Have you made your way to the coffee pot yet? Do it. The American Medical Association found that it's also associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. The newest report from the USDA Nutritional Guidelines agrees that coffee is not only okay for you, it could be good for you.
Essentially, there's absolutely no reason we should be worrying that our coffee consumption is hurting us, as long as we're not drinking, like, 10-15 cups a day. We're going to assume that's doable for most people, and if not, please let us know more about this banker by day/scientist by night superhero situation you have going on.
Lucy Meilus is a staff writer for Thrillist and would like to hear all of this same information applied to cheeseburger consumption. Follow her on Twitter at @Lucymeilus and send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.