Drinking coffee may be more than a guilty pleasure. As some may fear java might increase the risks of heart diseases, it might actually do the exact opposite. Coffee drinkers might have higher chances of living longer. The National Institutes of Health and AARP published the results of the largest study on the links between coffee and health, involving 400,000 respondents.
Although previous studies showed coffee contains antioxidants, it can still raise bad cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and have other ingredients linked to cancer. The recent study showed most coffee drinkers who smoke, drink alcohol, and eat red meat frequently might experience health conditions. Researchers found a pattern: drinking a cup of coffee per day and living a healthy lifestyle might increase the chances of living longer.
Another research showed coffee may decrease the onset of respiratory diseases, stroke, diabetes, and infections. This, however, should not be a basis—drinking coffee will not give you long life; it does not have a cause-effect relationship to health. People should still eat and live healthy to ensure drinking coffee would not be a factor in diseases.
Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard Public Health advises coffee lovers to cut back on the sugar and cream—these could negate the benefits you may get from coffee. It would also be better to drink filtered coffee rather than boiled, as the former removes harmful compounds from the drink.