Well Being

Do You Need That Fifth Cup Of Coffee? Well, Kinda

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If you’re anything like me, your work day goes kind of like this:

Coffee, work, coffee. Work, check Facebook, coffee. Lunch, coffee, work, Facebook, work, coffee, Facebook, Facebook.

Oh, and about a bajillion bathroom breaks in between (with some ample Instagramming time in the stall, because I know you all do it, too).

Despite what you may have heard in the past (“Drink water! Try tea instead!”) all those coffee breaks might not be so bad for you after all. A new report from the U.S. nutrition panel finds three to five cups of coffee per day can have numerous health benefits.

This is good news for coffee drinkers—especially because none of us caffeine-addicts were going to stop drinking the one thing we look forward to every day, anyway.

According to the Washington Post, a new report recently released by the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has determined that drinking three to five cups of coffee per day can actually be good for you, with benefits including a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Apparently, most Americans don’t drink that much though. But I think that’s probably averaging coffee drinkers and non coffee drinkers, because I don’t know anyone who just has one cup of the ‘good stuff.’ And it also probably doesn’t help that a Starbuck’s Venti size disguises 2.5 cups actual cups into one recyclable cup, masking how much we’re actually drinking.

Whatever you do though, don’t take anything too seriously just yet: the Department of Health and Human Services and the Agriculture Department will include official updated dietary guidelines later this year.

In the interim, it’s probably safe to say that when in doubt, pinky out (holding your Starbuck’s cup).

That means, yes, have another.

You can reach Erin Kelly on Twitter.

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