Doctor's Note

What about the caffeine though? Find out in tomorrow's video-of-the-day! I still don't recommend people drink coffee—not because it's not healthy, but because there are even healthier choices. Coffee is like a banana, a common convenient plant-based food. If you have a choice, I'd encourage people to make healthier fruit choices (apples are better, berries are best) and choose a healthier beverage, like green tea. See my 20 videos on tea, as well as the hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects. Note that the meta-analysis this video is based upon is open access, so you can download it by clicking on the link above in the Sources Cited section.

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Coffee CaveatsPoultry and Penis CancerGerson Therapy for Cancer?Avoid Cooked Meat Carcinogens, Treating Parkinson's Disease with Diet, and Breast Cancer & Alcohol: How Much Is Safe?

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    What about the caffeine though? Find out in tomorrow’s video-of-the-day! I still don’t recommend people drink coffee—not because it’s not healthy, but because there are even healthier choices. Coffee is like a banana, a common convenient plant-based food. If you have a choice, I’d encourage people to make healthier fruit choices (apples are better, berries are best) and choose a healthier beverage, like green tea. See my 20 videos on tea, as well as the hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects. Note that the meta-analysis this video is based upon is open access, so you can download it by clicking on the link above in the Sources Cited section.

  • valnaples

    NICE! I only enjoy one cup of organic freshly ground coffee each a.m. (NO cigs! I’m from a family of smokers but I have never smoked)…and the rest of the day at work is filtered water and green and white tea with lemon. I have noticed that my SECOND cup of coffee just does NOT taste as good as my first so I have no problem with one cup to start my day.

  • http://poxacuatl.wordpress.com/ Poxacuatl

    I guess it’s the acrylamides in the roasted coffee berries that make it unfavorable. A new trend is to drink raw coffee. Not sure how that would taste; sounds interesting. A “raw” flavor doesn’t sound too good, but, if it’s similar to a green tea, then maybe it would be.

  • Paulc

     I’m astounded by the sudden switch in opinion in the scientific community
    about the health effects of coffee. For as far back as I can remember all the news about coffee was bad and then suddenly, a few years ago, the news suddenly turned to all good. At the same time however, I’ve been
    following stories that tell another tale of the scientific community,
    one of deceit and betrayal of the public trust. It seems that most
    scientific studies are not and cannot be duplicated, that special
    interests (Big Coffee?) influence their outcome, that academics
    sometimes try to make a name for themselves by falsifying data, of
    payola and corruption and fraud, that if lies are told often enough and in a
    great enough variety of ways, they become the new facts. It seems to me that a
    little skepticism would serve us well. This is particularly true for
    coffee since few of us want to hear bad news about our addiction.

    • Paddycakes

      I am astounded that someone who would be intelligent enough to be reading Dr. Greger would be myopic enough to through the baby out with the bath water, and throw scientific research out with it. In Psychology, we call that cognitive dissonance.

  • david z

    Does anyone know how putting milk in your coffee affects the health value? This is how I drink my coffee, but the tea with milk studies worry me.

    • Gaythri Catherine Narayanasamy

      I read somewhere that it negates the benefits of milk..basically the absorption of the clacium. But I do so anyway as I dun believe in the creamers.

      • John Galt

        R u kidding???
        “Benefits of milk”??????
        WHAT BENEFITS?????
        Notmilk.com
        Milksucks.com

        • Herbivorosaurus

          She may be referring to non-dairy milks, which are often fortified with calcium.

        • Jamie

          Calm down. haha…

  • fineartmarcella

    Does the benefits also include caffeine supplements? I don’t like coffee, but still need the ‘get up and go’ so I take a 200mg tablet in the morning. Works like a charm without any other added worry of brown teeth, stomach ache, or added pesticides. I used to also add sugar and coffeemate to my coffee, dreadfully unhealthy!

  • Mc

    Soooo what’s the deal with acrylamides in coffee?

  • Mike

    Try telling that to my boss who just found out the bladder cancer just came back after having it removed 3 mths ago and he LOVES his coffee and he does not smoke.

    • Laura

      Maybe he loves charred meat and is obese, the top causes of bladder cancer.

  • http://www.dietfoods7.com/ simo

    During these last two centuries, few substances have been the subject of such a large number of clinical studies that the coffee and up to this day, no one has demonstrated that it was dangerous for the health.
    On the contrary, numerous research studies have highlighted the beneficial effects of coffee and of its main active component: the caffeine. http://www.dietfoods7.com/