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Drink to Your Health!

May 20, 2012

A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, reports on the possible health effects of drinking coffee. A 14 year study of 400,000 participants, including men and women, analyzed the relationship between coffee drinking habits and mortality rates. The study had very interesting findings which were pro coffee. If two to six cups of coffee (caffeinated or decaffeinated) were consumed the participant was less likely to die during the study. The study found mortality rates for men were 10 percent lower and women were 15 percent lower. Coffee drinkers were shown to be less likely to die from conditions such as respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, infections, stroke, and even accident or injury. There are hundreds of unique compounds and antioxidants in each cup which may be contributing to these benefits. 

Researchers were confused during the study due to the unhealthy habits that coffee drinkers are more likely to engage in. They ate more red meat, ate fewer fruits and vegetables, exercised less, were more likely to smoke, and drank more alcohol. Once these factors were controlled research showed the more coffee consumed the less likely the person was to die.

Here's to your health. Drink your coffee......minus the sugar and cream.

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