Drinking just three cups of coffee a day may make women’s breasts shrink, a study finds.

Nearly 300 women were surveyed by researchers from Sweden’s Lund University about their bust measurements and how many cups of coffee they drank in an average day.

They said there was a clear link between drinking coffee and smaller breasts, as about half of women possessed a gene shown to link breast size to coffee intake.


“Drinking coffee can have a major effect on breast size,” said Helena Jernstroem, a lecturer in experimental oncology at Lund University. “Coffee-drinking women do not have to worry their breasts will shrink to nothing overnight. They will get smaller, but the breasts aren’t just going to disappear.”

It’s not all bad news for women however as the researchers also found that regular hits of caffeine can help to cut the risk of developing breast cancer.

Scientists said that the effect of coffee is related to its impact on estrogens – the female sex hormones.

Some substances in coffee can change a woman’s metabolism so she acquires a better configuration of various estrogens, therefore lowering the potential risk.

But women with bigger breasts that contain more mammary glands are at a higher risk, the scientists added.

Well, as scary as it sounds, that’s not so reassuring.

So should you stop drinking coffee? I say no. There are some things about this study that don’t exactly sound the alarm. First, it was self-reported–meaning that the information was gathered based on each subject’s memory. When one woman recalls drinking three cups of coffee, it might have actually been six cups of coffee (and were they double lattes?) or just two. So, there’s ambiguity there. Also, in terms of studies, this one was rather small. While 300 women might sound like a lot, meaningful, applicable data is best taken from much larger studies.

Don’t feel compelled to ditch your daily coffee habit–especially if you enjoy it and it makes you happy (seriously, coffee makes me happy!). But, I think this study is a good reminder of the old saying: “all things in moderation.” So, keep your coffee intake under three cups (or three shots) per day, say medical experts.

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