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Caffeinated or not, coffee is linked with lower risk of early death

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MILAN — People who drink up to eight cups of coffee per day may slightly lower their risk of early death compared with non-drinkers, according to a large new study. And it doesn’t appear to matter if the coffee is caffeinated or decaf, brewed or instant.

“There are many potential beneficial compounds in coffee,” said nutrition expert Edward Giovannucci, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in a July 2, 2018 WBUR article.

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Added Giovannucci, who was not involved in the study, “People think of caffeine, but it’s likely that some of the most beneficial compounds are not the caffeine.”

The study analyzed data from about half a million Britons and found that the more coffee people drank, the lower their risk of dying during the 10-year study period. Drinking eight or more cups per day was linked with 14% lower risk compared with not drinking any coffee.

Read the WBUR article: Multiple Cups of Coffee—Brewed or Instant, Caf Or Decaf—May Be Good For You, Study Finds