“Coffee and More Confusing Studies”
People have every right to be skeptical and doubtful of some emerging so-called scientific studies. Confusion and conflicted studies blanket the scientific landscape, especially as they relate to the benefits or risks of drinking coffee. For our background, National Coffee Drinking Trends 2010 from the National Coffee Association gives us the following coffee facts: 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day. Americans drink an average of 3.1 cups a day and the average size of a cup is 9 oz. 65% of Americans drink coffee with breakfast; 30% drink it in between meals and 5% drink it with meals other than breakfast. The average price of an espresso-based drink is $2.45. The average price for a brewed cup of coffee is $1.38. The U.S. spends $40 billion on coffee each year. Wow! That is a lot of coffee drinking. In March of 2015, a study associated high coffee consumption with reduced liver cancer, while a study published in PLOS ONE in 2015 found men who drink two to three cups of coffee daily may be at lower risk for erectile dysfunction.