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Coffee Reduces Death Risk According To A New Study

People who drink coffee in the morning may find that their beverage provides them with an extra jolt of energy. Recent research that was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that those who drank coffee had a lower risk of death over the course of a seven-year follow-up period as compared to people who did not drink coffee.

Adults who consumed anywhere from 1.5 to 3.5 cups of coffee per day, regardless of whether it was sweetened with sugar or not, had a reduced risk of death in comparison to those who did not partake in the typical morning ritual drink. According to the authors of the research, the findings were not as conclusive for those who reported using artificial sweeteners in their coffee.

According to the findings of the study, adults who drank coffee daily and consumed moderate amounts of coffee that were sweetened with sugar had approximately a 30 percent lower risk of dying from any reason throughout the average seven-year follow-up timeframe when compared to people who did not drink coffee.

The researchers from Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, China, discovered that prior research findings ended up finding that coffee intake is associated with a lower risk of death. However, the studies did not differentiate between coffee drinkers who consumed coffee plain and those who used sugar or sugar substitutes in their drink. The scientists concluded that coffee drinkers who consumed coffee without sugar had a lower risk of death than those who consumed coffee with sugar or artificial sweeteners.

The researchers got their information via filling out the health behavior questionnaire for the UK Biobank project. According to the press release for the study, the team of researchers polled more than 171,000 people who did not have a history of cancer or heart disease and asked them many questions about their diet and health behaviors to establish their coffee consumption patterns.

The researchers discovered that people who drank any quantity of unsweetened coffee were 16 to 21 percent less likely to die than those who did not drink coffee throughout the 7-year follow-up period. This was compared to those who did not drink coffee. According to the findings of the research, those who consumed between 1.5 and 3.5 cups of coffee on a daily basis, each of which included an average of 1 teaspoon of sugar, had a mortality risk that was 29 to 31 percent lower than individuals who did not consume coffee. The results of the study were equivocal with regard to the people who used artificial sweeteners.

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