Verified on 03/26/2024 by Alexane Flament, Editor

How you drink your coffee can impact your cholesterol levels.

At least these are the results of a Norwegian study, published in the journal OpenHeart. We will explain everything to you.

The way you prepare your coffee impacts your cholesterol level

A Norwegian study proved that coffee had an impact on increasing cholesterol. But not for everyone, and it all depends on how you prepared your brew.

For this study, researchers brought together more than 21,000 participants. Each person answered a questionnaire on the number of cups drunk per day and the type of coffee consumed (filtered, piston, espresso, capsules, instant coffee, etc.).

They then took a blood test to measure the participants’ cholesterol levels.

Ultimately, scientists concluded that boiled, French press coffee is the one that increases the most cholesterol level, for both men and women. When it comes to instant coffee, researchers also see an increase, but less pronounced.

For other preparation methods, results vary depending on the gender of the participant. For example, drinking six cups of filtered coffee every day was associated with a 0.11 mmol/l increase in cholesterol in women.

On the other hand, no increase was noted in men between those who consumed filtered coffee and those taking unfiltered coffee.

Coffee: limit the number of cups

The number of cups of coffee drunk each day also has an impact on cholesterol levels. So, drinking three to five cups of espresso per day significantly increased participants’ cholesterol levels. This concerns both men and women.

Generally, excessive coffee consumption is harmful to health.

According to the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) “consumption of more than 400 milligrams of caffeine per day (i.e. 4 espressos) can be harmful to your health. Caffeine consumed in high doses may be involved in cardiovascular disorders and central nervous system problems (sleep, anxiety, etc.)”.

Coffee yes, but in moderation.

Florine Cauchie

Health journalist

March 26, 2024, at 9:46 a.m.

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