According to a new study by researchers from China, coffee, especially if you add a spoonful of sugar to it, might actually help you live a longer life!
That’s right! Scientists have discovered that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of dying than those who do not consume this drink on the regular.
Furthermore, as mentioned before, those who prefer to sweeten their coffee are even less likely to meet an early grave!
The Chinese researchers followed a group of British adults for about 7 years and what they were able to conclude was that those who consumed one and a half to three cups of coffee per day were less likely to pass away during that time period when compared to those who drunk unsweetened coffee or those who did not drink coffee at all.
More precisely, people who consumed any amount of unsweetened coffee were 21 percent less likely to pass away than those who skipped on this habit altogether.
As for those who like their coffee sweet, they were 31 percent less likely to pass away than the group made up of non-coffee drinkers as long as they kept their coffee consumption between one and a half and three cups per day.
On average, the people who drank their coffee sweet, added about a spoonful of sugar to it.
Based on the study, it appears that there is a connection between habitual coffee drinking and not dying from any cause, but also, more specifically, not dying from heart disease and cancer.
Furthermore, it’s important to note that the results held up regardless of whether people involved in the study consumed ground coffee, instant coffee or even decaffeinated.
The study involved more than 171,000 adults from the UK Biobank study health behavior questionnaire.
They were all healthy volunteers who did not suffer from cancer or heart disease when the study began and they were asked to answer health and dietary questions in order to learn about the effects of coffee drinking.
Researchers followed up with everyone involved in the study, regularly, between 2009 and 2018.
The results were published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine and they adjusted for multiple factors such as clinical, demographics and lifestyle for each person.
However, it’s still important to note that there is no way to prove coffee drinking was the sole reason why they were less likely to pass away, although it’s clear that it’s definitely not bad for you!