Coffee Consumption Associated With Lower Body Fat
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages worldwide, and it has high levels of antioxidants. A recent study suggests that adults who drink two to three cups of coffee per day may have lower body fat and lower abdominal fat.
For their study, researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants had an average age of 45. Food frequency questionnaires were used to determine coffee consumption. Whole-body DXA scans were used to measure total fat percentage and abdominal fat.
Women who consumed two to three cups of coffee per day were found to have 2.8% less total fat and 3.4% less abdominal fat than those who did not consume coffee. Men who consumed two to three cups of coffee per day were found to have 1.3% less total fat and 1.8% less abdominal fat than those who did not consume coffee. This relationship held for consumption of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.
The study was conducted by researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine and Anglia Ruskin University. It was published online ahead of print on May 3, 2020 in The Journal of Nutrition.