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Coffee’s Great, U.S. Panel Says in Official Diet Recommendations

An espresso coffee in Miami, Florida.

An espresso coffee in Miami, Florida.

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A couple of grandes a day may keep the doctor away, according to a panel of government-appointed scientists charged with proposing changes to U.S. dietary guidelines. Just go easy on the sugar.

Three to five daily cups of coffee aren’t associated with long-term health risks, the panel said in a report Thursday, and correlate with reduced risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The panel helps the U.S. government formulate dietary suggestions, guidelines that affect millions of American diets.