Contrary to popular belief and studies that highlight the harms of drinking coffee, a recent medical study revealed a great benefit to the drink, which ranks among the most popular drinks in the world.
The study, conducted by researchers at the Southern Medical College in Guangzhou, China, and published its results in the Journal of “Internal Medicine”, said that those who drink coffee have better chances of survival compared to those who do not take it.
According to the researchers, adults who drank 1.5 to 3.5 cups of unsweetened coffee or those with added sugar per day, were less likely to die than those who did not drink the traditional morning drink.
The researchers noted that their seven-year study did not take into account those who drank coffee that had artificial sweeteners added.
Commenting on the results of the study, lead author Dr. Dan Liu said: “Our study found that adults who drank moderate amounts of sugar-sweetened coffee daily were 30 percent less likely to die from any cause during their average lifespan, compared to non-coffee drinkers.”
The researchers collected data from the UK Biobank Health Behavior Questionnaire, in which more than 171,000 participants without heart disease or cancer were asked to answer several questions related to dietary and health behavior to determine their coffee consumption habits.
During the seven-year follow-up period, researchers found that those who drank any amount of unsweetened coffee were 16 to 21 percent less likely to die compared to those who didn’t drink coffee.
In contrast, participants who drank 1.5 to 3.5 cups a day of sweetened coffee with an average of 1 teaspoon of sugar per cup, were 29 to 31 percent less likely to die compared to non-coffee drinkers, Fox News reported.
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