Recent research has shown that ordinary consumers of coffee even sweetened with simple sugar had a lower risk of dying than those who did not drink coffee for any reason.
One study found that compared to non-drinkers of coffeeAdults who drank moderate amounts (1.5 to 3.5 cups per day) of unsweetened or sugared coffee were less likely to die during a 7-year follow-up period.
The results for those who have used artificial sweeteners they were less clear.
Previous studies looking at the health effects of coffee found that coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death, but made no difference between unsweetened coffee and coffee consumed with sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Researchers from Southern Medical University from Guangzhou, China, used data from the study’s health behavior questionnaire Biobank in the United Kingdom, to assess the relationship between consumption of sweetened, artificially sweetened and unsweetened coffee with mortality from all causes and specific causes.
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More than 171,000 British participants without known heart disease or cancer were asked several questions about eating and health behaviors to determine their eating habits. consumption of coffee.
The authors found that during the 7-year follow-up period, participants who drank some amount of unsweetened coffee had a 16 to 21 percent lower risk of dying than participants who did not drink coffee.
They also found that participants who drank 1.5 to 3.5 cups of sugary coffee a day were 29 to 31 percent less likely to die than participants who did not drink coffee.
However, the results were not decisive for the participants who used artificial sweeteners.
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This research has several limitations.
First, it did not take into account other important variables, such as lo socio-economic statusthe type of diet and other factors related to lifestyle which may have affected the result.
Participant data is at least 10 years old and was collected from a country where tea is a much more popular beverage.
In addition, the average daily amount of sugar per cup of coffee recorded in this analysis is much lower than commercially available caffeinated beverages that participants could consume; and this factor made it much harder to make a true comparison with non-coffee drinkers.
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Source: Annals of International Medicine
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