Is coffee part of your morning routine? It may be even more beneficial to start your day with a cup of white coffee, according to recent research.

Better Than Black?

A recent study found that drinking coffee may cut the risk of heart failure, stroke, and diabetes by as much as 40 percent.

About the Study

The study, which was published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, involved analyzing data from 108,000 healthy American adults ages 40 to 75 from 1988 to 1994.

Drinking Four Cups a Day

The study participants were questioned about their coffee habits from 1986 to 1987 and 1999 to 2004. Participants were divided into five groups according to their coffee consumption: no coffee, one to three cups a day, four to six cups a day, seven to nine cups a day, and 10 or more cups a day.

The Results

Drinking between one and three cups of coffee a day was associated with a 16 percent reduced risk of heart failure and a 19 percent reduced risk of stroke, when compared to non-coffee drinkers.


Dr. Paul Friedman, lead researcher of the study, said that “high rates of coffee and caffeine consumption could help to explain the ‘French Paradox’—the puzzling finding from epidemiology that the French suffer a relatively low rate of coronary heart disease, despite having a diet relatively high in saturated fats.”