Coffee good for you, but it’s OK to hold back

ed hardy & splash one IIf you can’t get through your day without a coffee break or two, here’s good news for you: What scientists know so far suggests coffee may help you stay healthy.

As usual with medical research, the operative word is "may."

It’s hard to know for sure whether coffee is really causing good effects — lifestyles or behaviors associated with coffee consumption may also influence health. Also, different people have different tolerances for coffee — it can have short-term side effects that make people steer clear of morning brews.

So, doctors aren’t quite convinced enough to prescribe coffee — but they probably don’t need to, because so many people indulge in it anyway.

The point is: In general, regular coffee drinkers won’t be discouraged from continuing the habit, although there are exceptions.

"For most people, for people who don’t experience the side effects, the benefits far outweigh the risks," said Dr. Donald Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic.

Full story of health and coffee at CNN Health

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