Doctor confirms it's safe to drink lots of coffee...but lose the sugar

Chris Hani Baragwanath Professor of Cardiology Richard Nethononda says it is safe to drink coffee but sugar is the biggest problem.

Nethononda agrees with research presented earlier this week by the British Cardiovascular Society’s conference that it is still safe to drink up to 25 cups of coffee a day without any risk to the heart.

However, he argues that too much caffeine could interfere with ionic channels which in turn could result in having heart palpitations.

Read: Local barista determined to nurture Khayelitsha coffee culture

There is also the issue of cholesterol. There are substances in the beans that can raise cholesterol, but that's neither here nor there.

Richard Nethononda, Professor of Cardiology - Chris Hani Baragwanath

The bottom line is that it is safe to drink coffee.

Richard Nethononda, Professor of Cardiology - Chris Hani Baragwanath

Sugar is the problem, as we say sugar is the new salt.

Richard Nethononda, Professor of Cardiology - Chris Hani Baragwanath

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