An NPR article to scan while you sip!
by ROB STEIN
It seems like every day there’s some new research about whether our favorite drinks are good for us. One day, science says a glass of red wine a day will help us live longer. The next day, maybe not. It seems journalists are pretty interested in wine research, as Deborah Blum over at the Knight Science Foundation recently pointed out, and the same might be said for coffee.
In fact, the latest installment in the long saga of coffee just came out, and of course, we’re on it. It’s a big new study that found that people who drink java appear to be less likely to die prematurely than those who don’t.
Now, there’s been a lot of research into whether coffee’s good for our health. “The results have really been mixed,” acknowledges Neal Freedman of the National Cancer Institute, who led thestudy published in The New England Journal of Medicine today. “There’s been some evidence that coffee might increase the risk of certain diseases and there’s also been maybe more recent evidence that coffee may protect against other diseases as well.”
So to clarify the field a bit, Freedman and his colleagues undertook the biggest study yet to look at the relationship between coffee and health. They analyzed data collected from more than 400,000 Americans ages 50 to 71 participating in theNIH-AARP Diet and Health Study.
“We found that the coffee drinkers, they had a modestly lower risk of death than the non-drinkers,” he tells The Salt.
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