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Coffee can help you live longer






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There is good news for coffee lovers from the American Heart Association. Their new report says coffee drinkers may live longer than those who do not drink coffee. Evidence shows that coffee makes you live longer. It also reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, other life-threatening illnesses, and even suicide. Researchers looked at over 200,000 people who drank between one and five cups of coffee a day. Researcher Dr Frank Hu said: "Moderate consumption of coffee may confer health benefits in terms of reducing premature death due to several diseases."

Scientists have been analysing what is in coffee that provides so many health benefits. Many reports in the past decades have highlighted the positive effects it has on the body. Dr Hu said it was still unclear how coffee interacts with the body. He said: "Coffee is a complex beverage. It's very difficult to pinpoint which component of coffee is responsible for which benefit." Researchers did not include highly caffeinated drinks in the study. They also said that while coffee seems to have health benefits, things added to it, such as cream, sugar and sweeteners, do not.

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