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Could coffee be key to your health?
Updated / Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 15:43
By Jane Fallon Griffin
Coffee could be adding years to your life...
A second study conducted in the United States had similar findings indicating that coffee actually
prevents premature death.
According to the studies, those who drink coffee are less likely to die prematurely as a result of
cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Better still, it seems that the more coffee that you drink the better the situation gets. Of those who
drank three or more cups a day, men were 12% less likely to die at a young age and women were 7%
less likely to die young than those who did not drink coffee.
Coffee, not caffeine;
While this may be good news for coffee drinkers, it brings no reprieve for those fond of energy drinks
as benefits are linked to coffee and not caffeine. Researchers from the International Agency for
Research on Cancer and Imperial College London found that those who drank both regular coffee or
decaffeinated coffee enjoyed the same results, suggesting that the benefit is in the drink itself and not
its caffeine content.
The study's authors believe that it is in the preparation of the beverage that the health benefits lie.
"Coffee contains several bioactive substances, including polyphenols, diterpenes, and melanoidins,
also with wide variability depending on the blend and the roasting and brewing methods," they write
in an editorial accompanying the report.
However, they also point out that the health benefits are easily diminished by how we choose to
customize our coffee. "Adding sugar, cream, or cream substitutes adds calories," they warn.
According to Bord Bia 75% of all Irish people are coffee drinks with seven in ten Irish people saying
they drink more than one cup per day.
Though tea remains our hot drink of choice Bord Bia estimate that trade value sales of coffee will
rise to 176 million by 2020.