Is Coffee Healthy?

Q: Is coffee healthy? I’ve heard a cup a day is good for you but then I’ve been told to shy away from caffeine. What should I do?

A: I don’t think there’s sufficient evidence to actually make the claim that caffeine is “healthy”. However, there are studies to suggest that caffeine is not necessarily harmful to the body.

The well-respected Framingham Heart Study examined all potential links between caffeine intake and cardiovascular disease and found no harmful effects from drinking coffee.

However, if you are someone who suffers from sleeping problems, anxiety or tachycardia (a fast heart beat), then it might be wise to reduce your consumption.

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting


Vita Pagh
Vita P4 years ago

Too much of anything ... also coffee! unhealthy....for sure....

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Perla Serrano Matesanz
Laszlo Kovacs5 years ago

In moderation, every now and then why don't drink coffee? However, I think it is much more healthier consuming green tea and if you drink coffee for caffeine then you will have it as well choosing that delicious tea.

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Dale Overall

Coffee isn't for everyone, while it doesn't bother me as I drink so little it will bother others...but then I can't eat shellfish while someone else will thrive on it.

Remember the aroma of percolating coffee in the kitchen as a child. Drink tea far more often but love the aroma and occasional taste of coffee.

devon leonard
Devon Leonard5 years ago

I love coffee. I don't drink much of it.....1 or 2 cups a day. I savor the flavor and aroma. I'm thankful for the respite of enjoyment..... Life is good. :-)

Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

in moderation, as always

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Benny Rees
Benny R5 years ago

Thank you for an interesting article. Enjoying everything in moderation seems to be the answer....