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Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your Health

My morning routine: Wake up. Take a shower. Drink coffee. …and then more coffee.

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Just like other coffee lovers, I freaked out when I learned that a Swedish study claims that coffee can make women’s breast smaller. I was like “OMG. No wonder!” 

Shocking Facts About Coffee and Your HealthThe weird study was developed by Helena Jernström, a lecturer in experimental oncology at Lund University. She’s been going out on seminars saying “Drinking coffee can have a major effect on breast size.” She proved her findings by studying almost 270 women who showed a clear connection between coffee and smaller breasts.

On the positive side, the study also points out that drinking coffee reduces the risk of breast cancer. In fact, the result of Helena Jernström’s study was published in the British Journal of Cancer. Average women with big breasts can reduce the risk by drinking at least three cups of coffee a day. A cup of coffee keeps breast cancer away!

But, like any substance, how you’re affected depends on your body’s health and chemistry. Here are a few things to look out for:

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Rebecca is Urbanette's Beauty and Health Editor. She is an expert in all things related to beauty, holistic health, organic food, toxins and fitness. She is a part-time model and nutritionist who grew up in Canada and now lives in Brooklyn, with her boyfriend David.

Reader Discussion: 139 Comments

  1. Edith Glover

    Coffee is so delicious that there HAS to be downsides to it!

  2. Angie Becker

    I drink black coffee once a day. I’ve heard health benefits and side effects. I’m torn. Would sticking to a cup a day reduce the negative effects and still give you the health benefits needed?

  3. Muriel Vargas

    Thanks for a very thoughtfully written-article!!!

  4. Dianne Copeland

    There are many other beneficial drinks out there, so if you have hypertension, leaky bladder, touchy stomach, or are pregnant… AVOID COFFEE!

  5. Lillian Arnold

    Informative article! Coffee has significant health benefits but can have negative side effects if one drinks TOO MUCH!

    • Melba Harrington

      Yeah, the key here is MODERATION! ☕️

  6. Margaret Palmer

    So confusing! While many people joke that they can’t function without coffee, others would say they hate it!

  7. Dixie Castro

    I gave up coffee due to some digestive problems. I switched to tea (I read it has less caffeine). The first three days was painful for me, I felt tired (withdrawal syndrome?! I don’t know)… But I guess my body adjusted, I feel better today and digestive problems have improved.

  8. Betty Young

    My bad, I’ve been averaging four cups of coffee per day 🙁

  9. Irene Evans

    Coffee has been both praised and mocked for centuries and I feel great to read scientifically-proven benefits of coffee.

  10. Margaret Ross

    Indeed, for every benefit is a disadvantage!

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