A new study published may 14 in the Journal of Nutrition at the University of Anglia-Ruskin in the UK shows that women who drink two to three cups of coffee a day have lower body and abdominal fat levels than those who drink less. The researchers examined data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey organized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and looked at the relationship between drinking several cups of coffee a day and the percentage of body and abdominal fat and obesity.
They found that women aged 20-44 who drank two to three cups of coffee a day had the lowest rates of obesity, 3.4 percent less likely than those who didn’t drink coffee. Among women aged 45-69, those who drank four or more drinks had a 4.1 percent lower obesity rate. Overall, the average percentage of body fat decreased by 2.8 percent among women of all ages who drank two to three cups of coffee a day.
The results were consistent with the results of the study between smokers/nonsmokers and chronic ally compared to healthy people, regardless of whether the coffee they drank contained caffeine or not.
The relationship was less pronounced among men, with men aged 20-44 drinking two or three cups of coffee a day with 1.3 percent less total fat and 1.8 percent less belly fat than men who didn’t drink coffee.
The researchers say the study suggests that in addition to caffeine, there may be bioactive compounds in coffee that regulate weight. If coffee or its compounds are incorporated into healthy eating strategies, the burden of chronic diseases associated with the obesity epidemic will be reduced.