Coffee is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet.
It contains hundreds of different compounds, some of which offer important health benefits. Your favorite morning ritual may lead to a longer life, and a spoonful of sugar could sweeten the deal, based on a recent study.
Among more than 170,000 people in the U.K., those who drank about two to four cups of coffee a day, with or without sugar, had a lower rate of death than those who didn’t drink coffee.
Results showed that 55.4% of them drank coffee without any sweetener, 14.3% drank coffee with sugar, 6.1% drank coffee with artificial sweetener, and 24.2% did not drink coffee at all. Over the course of about 7 years, 3,177 of the people being studied died, including 1,725 who from cancer and 628 from heart disease.
After accounting for other things that might impact their risk of death, the investigators found that coffee drinkers were significantly less likely to die from any cause, heart disease, or cancer than those who didn’t drink coffee at all.
This benefit was seen across types of coffee, including ground, instant, and decaffeinated. The protective effects of coffee were greatest in people who drank about two to four cups a day, among whom death was about 30% less likely, regardless of whether they added sugar to their coffee.