Good news, coffee lovers: your daily java
addiction habit may help you live longer.
Researchers from Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China looked at data on coffee habits and health outcomes across over 171,000 UK residents over seven years and published their findings a week ago.
Compared to non-coffee drinkers, those who consumed 1.5 to 3.5 cups of lightly sweetened joe were 30 percent less likely to die of any cause. People who drank unsweetened coffee also experienced reduced mortality risk (16 to 21 percent).
A few caveats to consider...
Go natural. Findings were inconclusive for drinking coffee with artificial sweeteners.
Mix it up. Those who drank both caffeinated and decaf had the lowest mortality risk.
Correlation ≠ causation. Coffee's antioxidants are likely a factor, but coffee drinkers might also simply make healthier choices in general.
Skip the 5th venti. The benefits of coffee tapered off for those who drank more than 4.5 cups of coffee a day.