Have you ever met someone who refuses to drink coffee? It's weird, right? Perhaps they've hit you with the classic reason, "Caffeine is a drug." Maybe they don't care that caffeine is a drug; rather, it makes them feel weird. They'll tell you it makes your teeth brown and dehydrates you and everything else they can think of, but they will never tell you it could increase your lifespan.
A controversial coffee study shows that coffee drinkers live longer than everyone else. The six-year-old inside of us wants to say, "Nanny nanny poo poo!" to all of the coffee haters. We'll hold back, though.
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Two studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine confirm that coffee drinkers have longer lifespans. People drinking one cup o' joe per day were 12 percent less likely to die of heart disease, cancer, and select other diseases.
Looking to grab a second cup? No problem. People who drink two or three cups a day were 18 percent less likely to die from the aforementioned ailments. Further, the findings were the same for regular and decaf drinkers.
Sure, there's no real science as to why the coffee drinkers were less likely to fall victim to fatal diseases. An article published on Gizmodo even says that many experts are challenging the results of the two studies.
Shaky foundations and objections aside, coffee has been and will remain popular. In fact, we were recently playing a 1981 version of Trivial Pursuit. One of the questions asked what the world's most popular beverage was. Humans in 1981, it appears, loved coffee just as much as they do now. About 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day around the world.
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Older studies pointed to the popular beverage being linked to diseases, not as something that fights them. Stomach ulcers, heartburn, heart disease, and bladder cancer have all been connected to coffee in the past. Although these associations have been largely debunked, coffee itself does have a stigma. Just ask the coffee haters.
Without additives (think sugar, cream, flavoring, etc.), coffee is a fairly basic substance. It's a plant-based food, and it actually contains magnesium and vitamin B3. Coffee consumption can even help regulate healthy insulin responses.
If you're sensitive to caffeine, there's no need to force yourself to drink it. If you enjoy coffee, though, grab a cup of decaf and enjoy the benefits. Caffeine-junkies like us are rejoicing, though. We can now point to "science" supporting our habit.