So how much do we need to consume every week to reap the benefits?
Coffee is not a drink, it's an emotion.
Absolutely everything about coffee—the smell, the taste, and the feeling you get with the very first sip—makes it the go-to beverage for many across the world. "Drinking coffee is linked to positive emotions relating firstly to pleasure, present in a prominent way in the vast majority of responses," said Maruxa García-Quiroga, head of the R&D centre’s sensory laboratory who led an "emotional test" study created by AZTI-Tecnalia, according to Commission Européenne.
But more than being just a drink that can perk you up get your day started, coffee could be fueling your body with all the goodness it needs to live a long life.
Drinking coffee on a regular basis can lower your risk of dying at an early age, according to the results of a study published in the American Heart Association's journal called Stroke.
Researchers from the Osaka University, the University of Tsukuba, and Hokkaido University in Japan, studied the tea and coffee drinking habits of Japanese adults and the effect it had on their health over the span of up to two decades. After collecting data from over 46,000 adults between the ages of 40 to 79, the researchers found that drinking even small amounts of coffee could lead to a significant difference in mortality.
Drinking one cup of coffee in a week was enough to show a 14 percent lesser risk of early death, the results showed, according to Insider. Even better results were seen among heart attack survivors, who showed a 22 percent lesser risk of early death.
However, the results of the study concluded that individuals with a history of stroke would do better by ditching coffee for green tea. Gulping down seven cups of green tea a day reduced the risk of early death by a whopping 62 percent for those with a history of stroke when compared to those who don't drink tea. If a person faces no risk of stroke based on their medical history, the study indicated that both, coffee and green tea had the same effect.
Since the researchers came to these conclusions through observational results, there was no clarity on why these drinks might have positive health outcomes.
"There is a strong need for scientific evidence on the lifestyles among survivors of stroke and heart attack considering the rapidly aging population and the need to improve life expectancy following these cardiovascular events," Dr. Hiroyasu Iso, a public health professor at Osaka University in Suita, Japan and author of the study said in a news release, according to Huron Daily Tribune.
The best way to reap the most benefits from green tea or coffee would be by avoiding adding milk and sugar to your cup, based on the results of the study. The researchers highlighted that the way Japanese adults typically drink these hot beverages could be a factor in the results of the study.
Iso added, "An important distinction to make is that in Japanese culture, green tea is generally prepared with water and without sugar. The healthiest way to prepare these beverages is without an unnecessary amount of added sugars."Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.