A new report from the European Federation of Associations of Dietitians (EFAD), supported by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), reveals that nearly two-thirds (62%) of European dietitians believe that drinking coffee in moderation is clear. Health benefits, with 86% agreeing that regular, moderate intake can improve alertness and 69% agreeing that regular, moderate intake is associated with improved overall athletic performance.
The survey was completed by 585 dieticians 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 two billion cups of coffee enjoyed worldwide every day, emerging research on its potential role in health has suggested a possible “protective effect” in relation to a number of non-communicable diseases, particularly those with an inflammatory component. While a detailed understanding of the exact link remains unclear, coffee remains an important consideration for healthcare professionals when considering aspects of a healthy lifestyle.
Key insights from the survey of European nutritionists include:
- The majority of dietitians (62%) believe that moderate coffee consumption has some clear health benefits, but the potential associations between coffee consumption and health are not widely known by the general public.
- Coffee remains a popular beverage across Europe, with 43% reporting the patient consuming up to 3 cups per day and 3-5 cups per day, respectively, intake levels in line with current European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommendations.
- 62% of the nutritionists surveyed acknowledged a positive association with aspects of mental and physical performance, including improved alertness (86%), improved mood (61%), and improvement in overall athletic performance (69%) and agreed that coffee may Useful before having coffee. exercise (51%). These results reflect a previous ISIC consumer survey conducted during the lockdown in 2020
- The relationship between coffee intake and major non-communicable diseases is not well known, 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 Lower risk of neurodegeneration. This is in contrast to the weight of scientific evidence indicating potential beneficial effects in all three areas of diseaseMany of them are summarized at coffeeandhealth.org
- Caution was observed in the level of consumption in some populations, including those with gastrointestinal disorders (54%). Current research on digestive disorders shows no association between coffee consumption and a number of stomach complaints. Additional research also suggests that the polyphenols in coffee may make positive changes in the composition of “good bacteria” that support the immune system.
To read the full report, European Dietitians’ Perspectives on Coffee Consumption, click here over here.