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But first, coffee. That may be the mantra among the 64% of adult Americans who drink coffee every day. About one-third of coffee consumers choose to drink black coffee, skipping added sugars and saturated fat. However you take your coffee, research shows that the health perks of coffee go beyond an energy boost. The potential health benefits associated with drinking coffee include lower risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and cancer, as well as the promotion of heart health. In an article for The Healthy, SMG internist Dr. Soma Mandal helps explain how coffee can have a positive effect on cognition, alertness, and mood, and other key takeaways.