Here's Why You Should Be Drinking 5 Cups of Coffee a Day

Hey, we're just doing what the scientists tell us to. Refill, please?

Caffeine addicts like us are always looking for proof that drinking ridiculous amounts of coffee is actually good for you. And sometimes, the science comes through for us, as in this study that shows how coffee can decrease the likelihood of diabetes and other major diseases. And this report showing how coffee can increase brain health and prevent Alzheimer's.

But the latest piece of good news comes via a Reddit Ask Me Anything Q&A with Harvard nutrition research scientist Vasanti Malik. In the AMA, as reported by New York Magazine, someone asked Malik about the health benefits of drinking coffee.

“Coffee, provided that it is minimally sweetened with sugar and not loaded with whipped cream, can definitely be part of a healthy diet,” Malik replied. He added that it “contains a number of healthful vitamins and nutrients," and that Harvard researchers “have shown associations with reduced risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mortality.”

The most beneficial health effects, apparently, come from drinking up to five cups of coffee a day.

Ok, we're willing to limit our intake to five cups. Now, please excuse us while we go run a few laps around the office.

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