If you haven’t heard recently, coffee can now help you live longer! Yes, that cup of joe you once thought it was a near obsession is now something that can combat conditions like: heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes, and infections.
Neal Freedman, Ph.D., Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, NCI, and his colleagues examined the association between coffee drinking and risk of death in 400,000 U.S. men and women ages 50 to 71 who participated in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. Information about coffee intake was collected once by questionnaire at study entry in 1995-1996. The participants were followed until the date they died or Dec. 31, 2008, whichever came first.
The researchers found that the association between coffee and reduction in risk of death increased with the amount of coffee consumed. Relative to men and women who did not drink coffee, those who consumed three or more cups of coffee per day had approximately a 10 percent lower risk of death.
What one must take away from this study is not about the amazing taste of coffee, but the importance of nutrition in your life. Specifically, getting back to the old lifestyles of our ancestors of staying at home and keeping the kitchen active. A new study found that people who cook up to five times a week were 47% more likely to still be alive after 10 years, from a study of 1,888 men and women published in Public Health Nutrition.
Cooking is a healthy behavior not only one can be apart of, but a significant other and family members. This is a great way to educate others around you about the benefits of nutrition. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or simply live longer, the importance of a healthy diet goes beyond just the taste of your Dunkin Donuts coffee every morning.