Recent studies have shown that rather than being harmful, coffee actually provides a variety of health benefits.
"The risk [of stroke] appeared to be increased among women with low or no coffee consumption," the Swedish study team noted.
The Swedish study is the latest in a series of studies over the past few years that have revealed that not only is drinking coffee not harmful but that it may be good for your health.
In another well-known study, Dr. Frank Hu, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, and his team of investigators on the Harvard Nurses' Health Study discovered a link between coffee consumption and lower diabetes risk.
"I think it's actually more healthful than tea," Dr. Hu recently told the Boston Globe.
Additional recent studies have found that drinking coffee can reduce your risk of gallstones, liver disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and certain cancers. If you're a long-distance runner, you might consider having a cup of joe before a big race, as coffee has also been shown to increase a runner's endurance.
Exactly how coffee provides these benefits is still a mystery that researchers are trying to solve. Swedish researchers in last week's published stroke study theorize that coffee reduces inflammation and improves insulin resistance -- both risk factors of stroke. The high content of powerful disease-fighting antioxidants in coffee may also be what provides such a wide array of health benefits.
"Coffee drinkers should rejoice," Sharonne Hayes, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, told The Associated Press.
"There really hasn't been any study that convincingly said coffee is bad. If you are drinking coffee now, you may be doing some good, and you are likely not doing harm."