A recent study run by Annals of Internal Medicine has concluded that coffee drinkers could actually increase their life expectancy all thanks to their morning cup of Joe.
The test concluded that “Moderate consumption of unsweetened and sugar-sweetened coffee was associated with lower risk for death.” So, if you were holding back on the sugar for your morning brew, there’s no need anymore! Although – still consider your dental health.
It’s worth noting that the test used a 7-year follow-up period and the results concluded that the amount of coffee consumed to lower the risk of death was between 1.5 and 3.5 cups. The results stated that the reduced risk of death was 30% likely.
This is not the first time coffee has been linked to an increased life expectancy. In fact, there are many studies surrounding the health benefits of coffee. But this is the first time that the study has looked at using sugar and sweeteners with coffee in relation to life expectancy.
A total of 171 616 participants were used in the research with a mean age of 55.6 years, and the study took place in 2009 and ended in 2018.
Of course, as with any research this has to be taken with a pinch of salt. There are many factors that could affect results, even to the point of inaccurately measuring coffee intake – as the study even suggests. It can be difficult to assess other lifestyle factors that may have had an impact on the results and longevity of life.
Increasing Sugar Intake Can Be Bad
You might want to think twice before adding extra spoonfuls of sugar to your brew.
According to various research and sources, increasing your intake of sugar can lead to many health problems. These can include:
- Increased blood pressure
- Higher calorie intake – weight gain
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
Now, everything is ok when it is consumed in moderation. But if you were drinking 5 cups of coffee a day with 2 sugars added in, that’s a lot of sugar. Especially if you consume other food or drink with sugar content.
Whilst there is no official guideline on how much sugar to consume, the American Heart Association recommends that:
- Women intake no more than 100 calories – which is roughly 6 teaspoons or 24 grams.
- Men intake no more than 150 calories – which is roughly 9 teaspoons or 36 grams.
You might want to consider how to sweeten coffee without sugar.
Stick to the Benefits of Coffee
Some of the most commonly stated health benefits of coffee include:
- Improve weight management
- Reduce the risk of diabetes
- Supports heart health
- Increases energy levels
Note that none of the suggested benefits come with the addition of sugar to your morning brew. In fact, increased intake of sugar can increase the risk of diabetes whilst coffee can reduce the risk…
The Final Sip
The study shows that coffee with sugar can improve life expectancy by up to 30%. Consider the health and dental implications of adding more sugar to your coffee in order to live longer, as it may have the reverse effect. There are too many factors that can affect this research and the conclusion should be taken lightly.