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For countless people, the day begins with a cup of coffee. For all coffee lovers, we have good news: drinking a few cups a day will likely help you live longer. This emerges from research. And you don’t even have to drink it completely black.


Texts: Demi Schoenmakers


New research results on coffee


The health benefits or harms of coffee have been researched for decades, each with a different conclusion. But this new research is another eye-opener. That cup of coffee in the morning may be associated with a lower risk of death. Scientists conclude this in a study published this week in The Annals of Internal Medicine.


Longer life with coffee


The study monitored the medical records of 170,000 people aged 37 to 73 in the UK for seven years. They had to fill out several questionnaires about their diet and coffee consumption. What turns out? The subjects who drank one-and-a-half to three-and-a-half cups of coffee, even with a little sugar, were up to 30% less likely to die during the study period than those who drank no coffee at all.


“The result is impressive. Few things reduce the risk of death by 30 percent,” Christina Wee, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, told the New York Times.


Black or some sugar


Whether you drink decaffeinated coffee or coffee with caffeine doesn’t matter for mortality risk. A little sugar in coffee isn’t so bad either. However, it is better not to drink a Frappuccino or the like. These drinks often contain a lot of calories and fats, which quickly negates the positive effect of coffee.


Why do people live longer thanks to coffee?


Why people who drink coffee live longer probably has to do with overall dietary choices. Coffee drinkers are more likely to resort to water or black coffee than unhealthy soft drinks or juices with high sugar content. In addition, the caffeine often makes you less hungry and may eat less.


In addition, the presence of large amounts of antioxidants in coffee beans is likely to affect your health. These substances ensure that cells are broken down less quickly, which has a positive effect on your health.


Further studies on coffee


The results of this study are consistent with the conclusions of previous studies that showed a positive association between coffee and health. For example, coffee consumption has previously been discovered to lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, liver and prostate cancer, and other health problems.


However, this does not mean that the scientists advise people who do not drink coffee to do so. First of all, more research needs to be done. In addition, you should not drink too much coffee. The positive effect disappears if you drink more than four and a half cups of coffee a day. Anything beyond that can even be harmful to health.

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