Does the study say anything about whiskey…?
By Nicole Buckler
People who drink around three cups of coffee a day may live longer than non-coffee drinkers, a landmark study has found.
These superb findings come from the largest study of its kind. More or less, scientists bothered more than half a million people across 10 European countries over a huge time span. They wanted to know once and for all: does going hard on the coffee lead to an early death? The answer, mostly, was …nahhh! And more than a nah… if you keep your coffee drinking within limits, namely, 3 cups a day, it actually has a protective effect. Noice!
Researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Imperial College London found that higher levels of coffee consumption were associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes, particularly from circulatory diseases and diseases related to the digestive tract.
Coffee is one of the world’s most commonly consumed beverages, with an estimated 2.25 billion cups guzzled around the world each day. According to the study, it doesn’t matter how you prepare the coffee. Which is good, because across Europe, coffee preparation methods vary, from an espresso in Italy, to a cappuccino in the UK, to whatever the hell it is we serve here in Ireland.
“We found that higher coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause,” said lead author Dr Marc Gunter. “Importantly, these results were similar across all of the 10 European countries, with variable coffee drinking habits and customs.”
Here’s some other things that the study threw out. Danes have the highest coffee consumption. Denmarkers guzzle 900 mL per day. The Italians, famous for their espressos, consumed while standing up at tiny tall tables in crowded coffee bars, actually drank the smallest amount of coffee (approximately 92 mL per day). Those who drank more coffee were also more likely to be younger, to be smokers, drinkers, eat more meat and less fruit and veg.
After 16 years of follow up, almost 42,000 people in the study had died from a range of conditions including cancer, circulatory diseases, heart failure and stroke. But coffee drinkers were more likely to be the last man standing. “We found that drinking more coffee was associated with a more favourable liver function profile and immune response,” explained Dr Gunter.
And here’s the biggest news flash…They found that decaffeinated coffee had a similar effect! No more staying up all night painting the bathroom because you are too wired after an ultra-sized macchiato at 10pm. Just do it with decaf!
All we can say here is… FIRE UP THAT COFFEE GRINDER, BARISTA! And do go ahead and tell me more about that piece of cake…