If you’re worried that you might be drinking a bit too much coffee, well, it turns out that it's probably not as bad for you as first thought.
A new study has found that even drinking as many as 25 cups of coffee a day is not bad for your heart and won’t stiffen arteries.
Of course, scientists have been giving us mixed messages about this for years, with some saying it’s good for you and others saying it can even increase the likelihood of a heart attack.
But this latest research, partly funded by the British Heart Foundation, found that drinking five cups of coffee a day was no worse for the arteries than drinking less than one cup – and even drinking up to 25 was no more likely to cause harm.
As part of the study, scientists from Queen Mary University of London divided 8,412 participants into three separate groups – those drinking less than one cup of coffee a day, those drinking between one and three cups, and those drinking more than three and up to 25 cups.
People who drank more than 25 cups of coffee per day were excluded from the study (who exactly is drinking that much, though?)
Kenneth Fung, who led the data analysis, said, ‘We're not telling people to drink 25 cups a day per se. If anything, if you drink within recommended guidelines, then we don't expect to see an increase in arterial stiffness compared with those who drink one cup or less a day.’
Good to know for anyone returning to work after the bank holiday, anyway…