Even if their coffee is lightly sweetened with sugar, people who consume up to 312 cups of coffee per day may have a greater chance of living longer, according to research published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
The researchers monitored the coffee consumption and health of 171,616 participants, who had an average age of nearly 56 and were free of cancer and cardiovascular disease when the study began, for approximately seven years. Those who drank 1 12 to 3 12 cups of coffee per day, whether plain or sweetened with about a teaspoon of sugar, were 30 percent less likely to die during the study period from any cause, including cancer and cardiovascular disease, compared to those who did not drink coffee.
Coffee is believed to reduce the risk of chronic liver disease by 21%.
Regardless of whether the coffee was instant, ground, or decaffeinated, the results were inconclusive regarding the use of artificial sweeteners. The most recent research does not prove that coffee was solely responsible for the reduced mortality risk among participants. Still, research conducted over the years has linked coffee consumption to a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, depression, and other conditions.
Nutritionists frequently attribute the health benefits of coffee to the abundance of antioxidants in coffee beans, which may help reduce internal inflammation and cell damage as well as provide disease protection. Additionally, drinking caffeinated coffee increases energy and alertness. However, caffeine can disrupt sleep and is dangerous during pregnancy.