For many people, coffee is drunk to start the day. In fact, without coffee, a person may be grumpy all day long. Apart from keeping you awake, it’s no secret that coffee has a myriad of health benefits.
One of these health benefits can help longevity. A recent study found that drinking coffee every day can reduce the risk of premature death. Believe it or not, consider the following research facts!
1. Involve hundreds of thousands of participants
A study in China that was published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine on May 31, 2022 ago wanted to distinguish the relationship between premature death and consumption of black or unsweetened coffee, with sugar, and artificial sweeteners.
To that end, researchers from Guangzhou used data from the UK Biobank from 2009 to 2018 to determine their lifestyle and consumption. As a result, this study included 171,616 participants with a mean age of 55.6 years. At the start of the study, the participants were healthy, without cardiovascular disease or cancer .
2. Result: coffee prevents premature death
In the study, entitled Association of Sugar-Sweetened, Artificially Sweetened, and Unsweetened Coffee Consumption With All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality, the researchers followed the participants for 7 years. Consumption of black coffee, coffee with sugar, and coffee with artificial sweeteners was independently reported.
At the end of the follow-up period, the researchers recorded 3,177 deaths, divided into 1,725 from cancer and 628 from cardiovascular disease. After adjusting for various factors, the Chinese researchers found that, compared to those who didn’t drink coffee, participants who drank 1.5–3.5 cups of coffee per day were less likely to die prematurely.
3. Sweet coffee and sachets can also
It’s the result of black coffee. Do the same results apply to coffee with added sugar? The results are similar. The researchers noted that compared to those who did not consume coffee, when coffee was added to taste sugar, the benefits remained the same in preventing premature death.
Chinese researchers note that the benefits of coffee include various forms of coffee, from instant, powdered to decaffeinated . Unfortunately, the researchers said in their study that artificially sweetened coffee was not found to benefit from a reduced risk of premature death.
4. Don’t overdo it!
One of the drawbacks of this study is that it was conducted in the UK. With the majority of the population preferring tea (a beverage that is also caffeinated), the effect of coffee may be different in other parts of the world that consume coffee. Then, the effect of coffee with artificial sweeteners is still unclear in this study.
In closing, the researchers guarantee that coffee connoisseurs may not need to be afraid to consume their daily cup of coffee. However, it should be noted that this benefit applies if the coffee consumed does not exceed the standard, which is 4 cups a day (according to the US Food and Drug Administration/FDA). If excessive, the effect can actually be detrimental to health.
In addition, it should be noted that the health benefits of coffee are more visible in black coffee or coffee with less sugar, such as espresso or americano. If coffee is artificially sweetened or added a lot of sugar (including caramel), it can have a negative impact on health. Finally, anything in excess is not good.