Two-thirds of European nutritionists believe that drinking coffee in moderation has clear health benefits

A new report by the European Federation of Dietitians (EFAD), supported by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), has revealed that almost two-thirds (62%) of European nutritionists believe that drinking coffee in moderation has clarified. health benefits, with 86% agreeing that regular, moderate consumption can improve alertness and 69% agreeing that regular, moderate consumption is associated with improvements in overall sports performance.

The survey was completed by 585 nutritionists from 26 European countries who have direct contact with patients/clients and provides new insights into current awareness and attitudes towards coffee consumption from a healthcare perspective.

With more than 2 billion cups of coffee consumed worldwide each day, new research into its prospective role in health has suggested a possible “protective effect” in relation to a number of non-communicable diseases, particularly those with an inflammatory component. Although a precise understanding of the exact relationship remains unclear, coffee continues to be an important consideration for health professionals when examining aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

The main insights from the survey among European nutritionists are:

  • The majority of nutritionists (62%) believe that moderate coffee consumption has clear health benefits, but the potential link between coffee consumption and health is not widely known by the public

  • Coffee remains a popular drink across Europe, with 43% reporting that patients consume up to 3 cups per day and 3-5 cups per day, respectively, levels in line with current European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommendations.
  • 62% of nutritionists surveyed recognized positive associations with aspects of mental and physical performance, including increased alertness (86%), improved mood (61%), improved overall athletic performance (69%) and agreed that coffee can be beneficial for exercise (51%). These results reflect a previous ISIC consumer survey conducted during the 2020 lockdown
  • The relationship between coffee consumption and major non-communicable diseases is less well established, with only 36% positively associating moderate coffee consumption with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), 30% with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and 42% with risk of cardiovascular disease. lower risk of neurodegenerative diseases. This is in contrast to the weight of scientific evidence suggesting potential positive effects in all three disease areas much of it is summarized at
  • Caution in the amount of consumption was observed in some populations, including those living with gastrointestinal diseases (54%). Current studies related to indigestion show no relationship between coffee consumption and a number of stomach problems. Further research also suggests that the polyphenols in coffee can cause positive changes in the composition of the “good bacteria” that support the immune system

To read the full report, entitled “European nutritionists’ views on coffee consumption”, click here.


Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC)

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