Drinking Coffee—Even Decaf Coffee—Could Help You Live Longer

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Drain the last sad dregs of this morning's hot coffee—or your cold brew, or your decaf iced latte—and go brew yourself another pot. Turns out that coffee is just about the closest thing we've got to a fountain of youth.

A new study of half a million people in Europe found that drinking coffee in any form was associated with a lower risk for death. And according to the study, which was published in JAMA, there are basically zero limits on coffee drinking habits. No matter if participants drank one cup a day or eight cups, no matter if they drank decaf or caffeinated, no matter if it was ground or instant, they were less likely to die over ten years than non-drinkers.

To be exact, drinking one cup of coffee a day had an 8 percent lower risk of early death, rising to 16 percent lower risk with six to seven cups a day, and then dropping a bit to 14 percent lower risk with eight or more cups a day.

“Our study provides further evidence that coffee drinking can be part of a healthy diet and offers reassurance to coffee drinkers,” Dr. Erikka Loftfield, the study’s lead investigator and a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute, told Time. 

Coffee has been linked to cancer, but the World Health Organization ruled it out as risky enough to be categorized as a carcinogen. Otherwise, the good news about coffee keeps piling up. So raise a cup to the best way to start your day.


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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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