It seems that every time I turn around, there’s a new piece of research telling me what not to eat. So it’s exciting to find out that drinking coffee may actually be good for you. For all the coffee lovers out there, there’s a new scientific study that states, “drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people.”
10-Year Study on Coffee and Mortality
The European Society of Cardiology has presented a new piece of research with nearly 20,000 participants. The study suggests that coffee could be considered part of a healthy diet.
As the main goals of this new study, researchers examined the association between coffee consumption and the risk of mortality. The study piggybacked on the Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra (SUN) Project, which started in 1999.
The SUN Project encompassed more than 22,500 Spanish university graduates, with an average age of 37.7 years old. Initially, researchers gathered data about coffee consumption, lifestyle and socio-demographics. Moreover, they collected body measurements and information about previous health conditions.
Drinking Coffee Can Be Part of a Healthy Diet
The final analysis included nearly 20,000 of the participants. Researchers surveyed these people for an average of ten years with follow up questionnaires. In addition, they collected all types of data including information about certain risk factors used to gauge mortality of the participants and their families. During the study period, 337 participants died.
The researchers made the following conclusions:
Participants who consumed at least four cups of coffee per day had a 64% lower risk of all-cause mortality than those who never or almost never consumed coffee…. There was a 22% lower risk of all-cause mortality for each two additional cups of coffee per day….
The study also examined if sex, age or adherence to the Mediterranean diet influenced the results.
[Researchers] observed a significant interaction between coffee consumption and age…. In those who were at least 45 years old, drinking two additional cups of coffee per day was associated with a 30% lower risk of mortality during follow-up. The association was not significant among younger participants.
Dr. Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra in Spain, who evaluated the SUN Project, concluded:
In the SUN project, we found an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of all-cause mortality, particularly in people aged 45 years and above. This may be due to a stronger protective association among older participants.
Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people.
European Society of Cardiology. “Higher coffee consumption associated with lower risk of early death.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 August 2017. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170827101750.htm
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