A recently published study in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that your regular coffee habit may help you live a longer, healthier life, even if you add sugar.
For seven years, researchers from Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China, examined data on coffee consumption and health from more than 171,000 UK residents who did not have cancer or heart disease at the beginning of the study.
Before, research showed that people who drink coffee live longer. The Chinese researchers wanted to determine if this is still true even if sugar is added to the daily drink.
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People who drank unsweetened coffee daily were 16–21 percent less likely to die throughout the trial than those who didn’t drink coffee.
According to the statistics, those who drank one to four cups of mildly sweetened coffee per day were 29–31 percent less likely to die during the trial.
The outcomes were less evident for people who took artificial sweeteners, which have had equally contradictory findings in prior studies. According to the Mayo Clinic, some experts and research suggest that these items are a safe and healthy alternative to sugar. In contrast, others raise concerns about possible links with cancer or metabolic health disorders.
According to an editorial accompanying the Southern Medical University research by Harvard professor Dr. Christina Wee, the data does not always support the healthiness of highly sweetened coffee beverages. On average, participants added about one teaspoon of sugar per cup, a lot less sugar than is usually added to ready-made or blended coffee drinks.
The findings are consistent with prior data indicating coffee is typically favorable for longevity, regardless of how it is consumed.
There is evidence that coffee is good for your mental and physical health, and if you drink it in moderation, it won’t hurt you much.
Coffee and its main ingredient, caffeine, have been looked at in great detail, and there is a lot of evidence that moderate use is not only safe but also good for your health.
Previous research suggests that people who drink coffee live longer because they are less likely to get heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Caffeine can also improve mental attention and brain function, especially as we age, and appears to be associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, the beverage is linked to a reduced incidence of sadness and suicide.
However, you may consume too much caffeine. The Mayo Clinic says that doses of caffeine higher than 400 mg (about four to five cups of coffee) could cause mild side effects like anxiety, jitters, a faster heart rate, and sweating.
Caffeine overdoses have been caused by a single dose of caffeine powder equal to more than 50 cups of coffee. And in severe situations, concentrated caffeine can create significant problems, beginning at around 1,200 milligrams. However, you would need to consume more than 12 cups of coffee for this to occur.
For the average coffee drinker, who drinks up to five cups of coffee a day, this habit probably won’t cause any major problems.
Beyond caffeine, coffee includes a vast array of additional components that may be beneficial to your health, including polyphenols, which, according to a scientific study, can reduce inflammation, enhance gut bacteria, increase metabolism, and regulate blood sugar.