Coffee Just Might Save Your Life -- So Drink Up!

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I can't wait for the next time somebody eyes my enormous gallon jug of joe and smugly launches into a tirade about how much better I'd feel if I gave up coffee and how it's really quite bad for me and green tea is so much healthier.

Because I will look that haughty tea-drinker right in the face and say, "How very interesting! By the way, did you know I'm going to live longer than you? Have a nice day! Especially since your days are numbered and all." 

Then I'll smile sweetly and wink (actually, my eye will just be twitching from all the caffeine but I'll look like I'm winking).

Yes, my fellow java junkies, turns out our habit isn't such a bad one after all: A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that older adults who drink coffee have a lower risk of death overall than those who don't.

Woo-hoo!!

Take that, everybody who's ever told me I need to cut down on my coffee consumption! I AM IMMORTAL!

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Whew, sorry. Just a little hyped-up on account of those extra few cups of coffee I drank after I read that study. Because it's good for me, awwww yeah! Which I kind of already knew, but the data on coffee is much like the data on red wine -- some say it's a wonder drug, others say it's poison.

This study tips the scales in latte-lovers' favor. Granted, researchers aren't quite sure how coffee lowers the risk of death, but they're sure the habit is connected to health somehow. Said lead researcher Neal Freedman, Ph.D.:

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in America, but the association between coffee consumption and risk of death has been unclear. We found coffee consumption to be associated with lower risk of death overall, and of death from a number of different causes. Although we cannot infer a causal relationship between coffee drinking and lower risk of death, we believe these results do provide some reassurance that coffee drinking does not adversely affect health.

Or, in other words, "C" is for coffee, that's good enough for me.

Coffee coffee coffee starts with C!

How many cups of coffee do you drink per day?


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