A new, huge, study out of Australia has linked excess coffee consumption* to increased risk of dementia or stroke.
If you’re brewing a pot just for you on a regular basis, it may be time to reign yourself in. Below are a few tips to reduce your coffee intake:
- Keep a record for a week or so to assess your coffee consumption. How much are you actually drinking?
- Don’t go cold turkey. Caffeine withdrawal is no “cup of tea” and may cause a wicked headache, nausea, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Reduce your intake by 1 cup per day.
- Set a limit of 2 to 3 cups per day if you’re drinking too much coffee.
- Drink 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of coffee you consume. Excess caffeine from coffee and other sources can leave you high and dry.
- Switch to water instead of any caffeinated drink (including coffee) after 2 PM. Too much caffeine can lead to insomnia.
- Monitor how much you spend at coffee houses. Imagine how much you might save if you kick the coffee habit?
By Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD
- Poole R, Kennedy OJ, Roderick P, Fallowfield JA, Hayes PC, Parkes J. Coffee consumption and health: umbrella review of meta-analyses of multiple health outcomes. BMJ. 2017 Nov 22;359:j5024. doi: 10.1136/bmj.j5024. Erratum in: BMJ. 2018 Jan 12;360:k194.
- Kitty Pham, Anwar Mulugeta, Ang Zhou, John T. O’Brien, David J. Llewellyn & Elina Hyppönen (2021) High coffee consumption, brain volume and risk of dementia and stroke, Nutritional Neuroscience, DOI: 1080/1028415X.2021.1945858
*Six cups or more per day
Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.