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Thinking about putting on another pot of coffee? According to a recent study, it’s probably a good idea.

Researchers looked at data on 9.2 million people in the UK Biobank population study.

They found that coffee-drinking (even as much as eight cups per day) decreased a person’s risk of all causes of death and concluded that moderate coffee consumption can be part of a healthy diet.

Cleveland Clinic’s Julia Zumpano, RD did not take part in the research, but said the study showed that regular ground coffee had the most benefit.

“People who drank more ground or filtered coffee, as opposed to instant coffee, had better outcomes,” she said. “The reasoning behind that was that filtered coffee has greater levels of polyphenols, or antioxidants, which are the main benefits from the coffee.” 

Zumpano said it’s important to note that a serving size of coffee is eight fluid ounces.

She said most of the traditional mugs and to-go cups come in 12, 16, or even 20 ounces. Therefore, people who think they are only drinking one or two cups a day may be drinking much more.

Zumpano said eight cups of black ground coffee is the best choice – it’s when we start adding things to the coffee that we need to be more careful.

“If you’re starting to add full-fat cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, flavored syrup, sugar, even flavored creamers or powdered coffee creamers, these items are creating negative impacts on your health by adding excess sugar, saturated fat, trans fat and overall calories to your diet,” she said.  

To give coffee flavor boost, Zumpano recommends using spices like cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, raw cocoa, nutmeg or even a small amount of milk or unsweetened milk alternative.  Other good sweetener alternatives include a measured teaspoon of raw honey, agave, sugar or herbal sweetener.

She also pointed out that some people can’t drink coffee for medical reasons, so it’s important for individuals to talk to their doctor before adding coffee to their diet, if necessary.

Complete results of the study can be found in JAMA Internal Medicine.
 

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