Overall, coffee drinkers were about 10 percent to 15 percent less likely to die than abstainers during a decade of follow-up. And it also doesn't matter what version of the "coffee gene" people have. A recent study that brewed up good news for coffee drinkers involved British volunteers.
"While this research offers further reassurance to current coffee drinkers, people should not start drinking coffee purely in an attempt to become healthier", he advised.
New research from the United Kingdom has revealed that drinking coffee - even for those who down up to eight cups a day - may be good for your longevity.
The researchers (who, by the way, are federal scientists, not from anything like the Starbucks Institute for Coffee Research) say there is data on diet about some of the study participants that could be mined to parse apart the difference between people who have, say, cappuccinos or lattes or espressos. While the study represents an median view of coffee drinking habits, it is encouraging reading for lovers of the toasted bean.
"During the next decade, 14,225 participants died, mostly of cancer or heart disease", the AP reported.
'Coffee drinking was inversely associated with mortality, including among those drinking eight or more cups per day, ' said Dr Loftfield.
"Coffee drinkers, compared with non-coffee drinkers, were more likely to be male, white, former smokers, and drink alcohol", the study found.
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However, some health officials say more research should be done before you change your coffee routine.
The researchers asked them how many cups of coffee they drank per day, including the type: decaffeinated, ground or instant.
The FDA has suggested that Americans consume no more than 400mg of caffeine, or four cups of coffee, per day.
"There has been concern about the health effects of heavy coffee drinking, particularly in participants with common genetic polymorphisms that affect caffeine metabolism", the researchers wrote.
Their analysis showed no extra risk for any genetic variant, however.
He added: "Healthier coffee, free from sugar or syrup, should also be encouraged to optimize any health benefit". To reap the benefit, it doesn't matter if your coffee is decaf or instant or caffeinated, the researchers said.
The study of almost half-a-million British adults, published yesterday in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal, showed that coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers.
But previous studies conducted in the US, Europe and Asia have found a consistent link between coffee drinking and reduced deaths from all causes including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease and liver, bowel and womb cancer.