Ask an expert: Is drinking a full cup of coffee 4-5 times per day bad for health?

Expert opinion from Iyanuoluwa Oyetunji

Master of Science in Medicine, specialization in Human Nutrition · 2 years of experience · South Africa

Coffee contains several bioactive compounds including some which have antioxidant properties. Drinking coffee regularly has been attributed to a lower risk of chronic diseases. About 4 to 5 cups of coffee each day is fine if tolerated. Individuals with caffeine sensitivity may reduce the number of cups of coffee consumed daily.

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Expert opinion from Deidre Huysamen

Dietician – Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services · 7 years of experience · South Africa

Not necessarily. Everyone reacts slightly differently to coffee consumption and this largely has to do with your genetics. Some people will metabolise caffeine quickly, based on their genetics, and are therefore unlikely to experience any negative side effects from such a large quantity of coffee. Those who metabolise coffee slower may react negatively to a larger quantity of coffee in that it may result in an increase in blood pressure and heart rate, increasing risk for heart disease.

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Expert opinion from Mantwa Radebe

Master of Science (MSc) In Nutrition · 12 years of experience · South Africa

The amount of cups to be taken depends on individual health and nutrition condition, as well as health conditions. High intake to those people with specific health condition like high blood pressure should be avoided. A least recommended daily intake is 2-3 full cups per day.

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Disclaimer: This is for information purpose only, and should not be considered as a substitute for medical expertise. These are opinions from an external panel of individual doctors or nutritionists and not to be considered as opinion of Microsoft. Please seek professional help regarding any health conditions or concerns. Medical advice varies across region. Advice from professionals outside your region should be used at your own discretion. Or you should contact a local health professional.

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