Here's some good news for coffee lovers. According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, people who regularly drink coffee also tend to live longer.
For the study, researchers recruited 400,000 participants--the largest sample group involved in a study on coffee and longer life. After studying the difference between coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers, the study authors found out that the regular java drinkers had a lower risk of death.
At first, it seemed that coffee drinkers were more likely to die than non-coffee drinkers, but after taking their other lifestyle habits like smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating more red meat into account, the researchers noticed a pattern emerging. Apparently, each cup of coffee the participants drank a day contributed to lowering their death risk.
As wonderful as this discovery is, researchers still can’t say that there is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between coffee and longer life. At this point, what makes coffee good for consumers is still unclear, and more research needs to be done.
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