Pour Another Cup: Study Finds Drinking Coffee May Prolong Your Life

Dr. Deanna Lites
August 10, 2018 - 6:41 pm
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(WWJ) If you want to live longer, drink coffee. 

That's according to a recent study that found folks who drink even as much as eight cups of java per day might fare better than non coffee drinkers; and that drinking coffee decreased a person’s risk of all causes of death.

Researchers, who looked at 9.2 million people in the UK Biobank population study, concluded that moderate coffee consumption can be part of a healthy diet.

“People who drank more ground or filtered coffee, as opposed to instant coffee, had better outcomes," said Julia Zumpano, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic. "So the hypothesis for that is because it has greater levels of polyphenols – the main benefit that you get, antioxidants from the coffee.”

Researchers found that black coffee is the healthiest choice; so consider what you're stirring in, Zumpano said.

"If you're starting to add full fat cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, flavored syrup, sugar...even flavored creamers or powdered coffee creamers that have a lot of negative ingredients, now you're creating negative impacts on your health," she noted.

To give coffee flavor boost, Zumpano recommends using spices like cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, raw cocoa, nutmeg or a small amount of milk or unsweetened milk alternative. Other good sweetener alternatives include a measured teaspoon of raw honey, agave or herbal sweetener.