Coffee is an ingrained part of our morning ritual here in Aotearoa and apparently, that could make us live longer…?
Recent studies have shown that drinking two to three cups of coffee every day may be linked to a longer lifespan.
The study also displayed a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease when compared to not drinking coffee.
No matter what way you like your coffee, ground, instant or decaffeinated, the results were pretty similar.
When drinking instant coffee, the study revealed an 11% lower possibility of death, decaffeinated coffee showed 14%, and ground coffee a whopping 27% less likelihood of death.
The study was conducted by Professor Peter Kistler of the Baker Heart and Diabetes Research Institute in Australia, to establish links between different kinds of coffee, heart rhythms, cardiovascular disease and death for adults between 40 and 69 years old.
We know that the thing that gives coffee its kick is the caffeine content but according to Kistler it's also jam-packed with over 100 ‘biologically active components’ that could contribute to these results.
During the 12.5-year follow-up period, 43,173 (9.6%) people participating in the study, had been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.
For decaffeinated, ground, and instant coffee, it was linked to a 6%, 20%, and 9% lower risk of cardiovascular disease respectively, when compared to abstinence from coffee.
When it comes to non-coffee drinkers though, the lowest risks were shown with four to five cups of ground coffee and two to three cups of instant coffee per day, with 17% and 12% less risk respectively.
So according to these researchers, drinking coffee should be seen as part of a healthy lifestyle. Noted!