How your coffee habit might be adding years to your life expectancy

Of all the things we know can contribute to a long, healthy life, we didn’t expect our morning latte to be one of them. But a recent study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that coffee-drinkers live longer – so pop the kettle on and find out why below.

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The average Brit drinks around two cups per day, which seems to hit the sweet spot when it comes to the stats. Let’s look at the numbers: in a study of 171,000 people, those that had a ‘moderate’ coffee habit (one-and-a-half to three cups a day) were around 30% less likely to die early than those who didn’t drink coffee at all. They also discovered that there was a lower risk of dying from cancer or heart disease. And those with a sweet tooth don’t necessarily sacrifice the benefits, either – the apparent health benefits were present whether or not the drinks were sweetened with sugar.

However, there are caveats to the caffeine, and it’s worth noting that multiple other factors that affect one’s health weren’t examined in the study – it is observational so cannot prove cause and effect. Plus, there are inevitable differences between instant coffee and freshly-brewed beans.

Dr Christina Wee, deputy editor of the journal, told The Times: ‘While we can’t conclude definitively that drinking coffee lowers your risk of dying, what we can probably say is that drinking coffee with a little bit of sugar probably doesn’t cause much harm.’ So next time someone judges your third iced coffee of the day, you can present them with science-backed statistics that might have them pouring themselves a cup and joining the caffeinated cohort.