Coffee is a great source of caffeine, especially for people with sleep problems.
If you’re on a tight budget, you might consider adding a few ounces of coffee to your morning cup of joe or morning smoothie.
But while you can use coffee as a substitute for tea or coffee, there’s a downside to having it in your cup.
While it’s easy to drink more coffee than you should, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who were asked to drink an average of 2.2 cups of coffee a day were 40% less likely to die from coronary heart disease, compared with people who drank 1.9 cups a day.
“If you’re in a position where you’re not getting enough caffeine from your diet, it’s a little bit easier to overdo it, because the coffee doesn’t actually make you feel sick, and it actually makes you feel happy,” said study author Karen J. Jorgensen, a professor of nutrition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
“But if you’re just going to have to drink a little less, it makes sense.”
Jorgensen said the study was small and could not prove the coffee caused heart disease.
But she said it was important to emphasize that coffee isn’t a magic bullet to reduce your risk of death or heart disease because it doesn’t directly reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
“The best thing to do is to drink your coffee regularly, and not to be afraid of what your coffee is making you feel,” Jorgensons study concluded.