Unfortunately, there is not a clear yes or no answer at this point, but for most people the health benefits outweigh the risks. Recent studies have dispelled the previous belief that coffee drinking is linked to an increased risk for heart disease and some forms of cancer. Several studies have also shown potential benefits such as protection from type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and liver cancer. Coffee also contains several beneficial antioxidants.
When it comes down to it, the old adage “everything in moderation” applies to coffee too. It’s important to keep in mind what you are adding to your coffee (sugar, cream, etc) as these will add additional calories and fat to your cup o’ joe. Also monitor how caffeine affects you personally. In some individuals, heavy intake can cause sleeplessness, anxiety, and irritability.