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13 July 2018, 15:05
A new study published in JAMA has conducted a scientific study on half a million people (so not just a handful), and found that drinking any amount of coffee was linked to a longer lifespan.
The research found that drinking a daily cup of coffee – either regular or decaffeinated – may lower your risk of early death by 8%.
Drinking six to seven cups a day may also lower your risk by 16%. Even if you drank eight cups or more, you may still lower your risk of early death by 14%.
"Our study provides further evidence that coffee drinking can be part of a healthy diet and offers reassurance to coffee drinkers," Dr Erikka Loftfield, a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute told Time.
The team of researchers looked at data on about 500,000 people, with participants answering questions about their coffee consumption, as well as their smoking and drinking habits and general health history, from 2006 to 2016.
Of these 500,000 people, 14,600 died during the study's 10-year follow-up period. The researchers were then able to determine any link between coffee and lifespan.
They stated that their findings give "further reassurance that coffee drinking can be a part of a healthy diet".
So there you have it, don't feel too guilty if you're helping yourself to your sixth cup of coffee for the day.