Coffee's health benefits touted in new study
Coffee helps start the day for more than 80 percent of adults around the country and many coffee drinkers sip it throughout the day, too. Now, a new study says coffee is good for you and can drastically reduce your risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes.
Everyday after you roll out of bed, chances are, reaching for a cup of coffee is part of your morning ritual. More than 100 million Americans jump start their day with at least one cup of java.
"Before we dress, we have a cup of coffee and then we have a cup of coffee when we have our breakfast," said Palm Desert resident Yetta Harris.
"I only drink two cups a day, but I drink two triples and every once in awhile, I have one in the afternoon," said Velma Hagar Otterman.
That's a good thing, according to a study that says drinking more than four cups of coffee a day can reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 30 percent.
"That is really awesome, because I definitely drink that much coffee and now I can just tell people that I'm doing it for my health."
This coffee drinker likes the sound of that.
"Well no wonder I'm so healthy! I have my coffee everyday, I love it!"
The health benefit actually comes from the coffee beans themselves and not the caffeine, so an energy drink wouldn't give you the same health benefit.
Decaf or regular, those cappuccinos, lattes and brewed coffees not only pick you up, but have also been linked to a reduced risk of Parkinson's, liver cancer and gallstones too. Here's the scientific explanation:
"We found that there are compounds in coffee which, when given to a rat, enhance the capacity of its liver to burn sugar, much like anti-diabetic medications," said Dr. Peter Martin at Vanderbilt University Medical School.
Not all coffee drinkers are buying the new health claim.
"It seems like the trends kind of come and go," said Valley resident Rorie Unrein. "It's unhealthy one year and then healthy the next. It just kinda goes back and forth, depending on who's doing the studies."