‘The main message for people to take away from this is that coffee can be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle, and coffee lovers can be reassured by this result in terms of blood vessel stiffness outcomes.’
And while some participants in the study drank a whopping 25 cups a day, the average intake among the highest coffee consumption group was five cups a day.
‘We're not telling people to drink 25 cups a day per se,’ Mr Fung said. ‘If anything, if you drink within recommended guidelines, then we don't expect to see an increase in arterial stiffness compared with those who drink one cup or less a day.’
Professor Metin Avkiran, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said in a press release: ‘There are several conflicting studies saying different things about coffee, and it can be difficult to filter what we should believe and what we shouldn't.
‘This research will hopefully put some of the media reports in perspective, as it rules out one of the potential detrimental effects of coffee on our arteries.’
Pass me another latte!