Coffee drinkers live longer

A cup of coffee helps if you have to wake up early in the morning. Besides that, there appears to be a whole list of positive health effects attached to this drink! In the Netherlands people drink about 2.5 cups of coffee per person per day. Several studies have shown that coffee lowers the risk of dementia, as well as other old-age diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
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According to recent British research from JAMA Internal Medicine , coffee drinkers appear to live longer than people who don’t drink coffee at all. The research has had a duration of ten years, and more than half a million people have been examined. The outcome: the coffee drinkers who participated in this study have ten to fifteen percent less chance of dying prematurely. Even if they drink more than eight cups of coffee a day!

Health effects
An adult needs about 1,5 to 2 liters of fluid per day, according to the Dutch Nutrition Center. Coffee contributes to this. What is striking is that when someone drinks two to four cups of coffee per day, this is associated with about 10% less chance of heart disease and strokes.
The Dutch Nutrition Center states on their website that there is strong evidence that drinking five cups of coffee per day (compared to zero) is associated with a thirty percent lower risk of diabetes. Coffee seems amazing!

According to the Dutch Nutrition Center, healthy adults can have about 400 milligrams of caffeine per day, without any negative effects. This translates to about four cups of coffee per day.

In Broadcast 13 of CampusTalk season autumn 2018/2019 we discuss the different coffee cultures in Europe. Which country actually drinks the most coffee? You can view the broadcast here.

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