No, this isn't Starbucks' PR firm talking to you. It's the take-home message from a recent study conducted by researchers at the National Cancer Institute. They analyzed 13 years of health data from more than 400,000 people and found that people who drank 3 to 4 cups of coffee a day reduced their risk of early death by 12-13% compared to folks who didn't drink coffee. Looking at specific health problems, the researchers found coffee drinking was linked to fewer deaths from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes, and infections. Like tea, coffee is plant based and chock full of antioxidants. (I would keep it to 1-2 cups a day, and switch to decaf if having more.)
Freedman, ND, et al. Association of coffee drinking with total and cause-specific mortality. New England Journal of Medicine. 2012 May 17;366(20):1891-904.
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