In comparison to those who only enjoyed a brew on occasion, women aged between 20-43 years-old who drank two to three cups daily had 3.4 per cent less body fat. Women aged between 45 and 69 who drank 4+ cups per day showed even greater body fat loss (4.1 per cent.) Most surprisingly? Decaf coffee had the same effect.
Lead researcher Lee Smith puts this down to bioactive compounds (aside from caffeine) that have the potential to regulate our weight.
“It could be that coffee, or it’s effective ingredients could be integrated into a healthy diet strategy to reduce the burden of other chronic conditions related to the obesity epidemic,” he said in a statement.
And although this may come as a welcome perk to many (‘scuse the pun), it’s important to remember not to overdo it. Risk of cardiovascular disease increases with high blood pressure (which, by the way, is a consequence of excess caffeine consumption.)