It’s no surprise that coffee is one of the most popular drinks worldwide. The extra surge of energy it offers is arguably imperative to getting each morning started. Regardless if you have little ones who wake you up at dawn, or you have a big meeting first thing – coffee is always a good choice. However, not all are convinced that coffee is a miracle in a cup. Between the age-old rumor that it stunts your growth, to other reports that coffee is mold-filled and causes inflammation, coffee often gets a bad reputation. True or not, there are also studies that show that the effects of coffee on health can be positive and possibly linked to longevity.

According to one study discussed on, coffee consumers who drank more than 8 cups of Joe a day, over a 10-year period, were linked to having a lower death risk. Note that the studies are based off of coffee itself, and do not include the sugary and likely cancerous ingredients we love to add to our morning cup of frothy delight. Setting those coffee additions aside, nutrition professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Terry Graham, believes that the chemicals and antioxidant rich compounds in coffee generally reduce the risk of diseases. This seems to be a common opinion when interpreting the results of studies on coffee and longevity, and although they are by no means all conclusive, they do ease some of the guilt coffee drinkers may feel.

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