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According to science, it’s safe to drink up to 25 cups of coffee a day

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Words by Maeve Kerr-Crowley

Surprising results.

It might be time to up your coffee budget, because it turns out it’s not as bad for you as previously thought.

A study conducted by the British Heart Foundation has shown that even 25 cups of coffee a day isn’t necessarily unhealthy.

Three different groups were studied: people who drank no coffee, people who drank between one and three cups a day, and people who drank more than three cups a day.

While the average number of cups in the last group was five, some participants were known to drink up to 25 coffees over 24 hours.

The study used MRI heart scans to test for a stiffening of each participant’s arteries – a sign associated with strokes and heart attacks.

But even the most obsessive coffee drinkers were found to be at no greater risk than those in the two lower groups.

Obviously, nobody is suggesting you start downing 25 lattes every day. Researchers simply set out to disprove previous studies that might spook people out of drinking an extra cup or two on days when they need a boost.

So, while your bank account, bladder and nerves might not approve of you upping your daily caffeine intake, you can rest assured your heart probably won’t mind at all.

bhf.org.uk

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