Finns love coffee – but how much is too much?

New scientific research finds there's not such a risk of damage to arteries from drinking lots of joe each day.

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It’s no secret that Finns love coffee.

In fact, Finns consume 12kg of coffee each per year, making them the second biggest country in the world when it comes to per-capital coffee consumption (right behind Luxembourg!)

But how many cups of coffee is good to drink each day, and how many before it becomes bad for your health?

A new study says that up to 25 cups of coffee each day shouldn’t have any ill effects on health.

The research, carried out at the Queen Mary University of London, studied the coffee-drinking habits of more than 8000 people in the UK and found that anything from five to 25 cups of java each day was no worse for arteries than drinking less than one cup per day.

Everyone who took part in the study had MRI heart scans and a battery of other tests and the results of the research held true even when factors like age, weight, and whether the subjects smoked or not, were taken into account.

“Whilst we can’t prove a causal link in this study, our research indicates coffee isn’t as bad for the arteries as previous studies would suggest” says Dr Kenneth Fung, one of the researchers involved in the project.

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