Drinking Coffee Linked With Lower Risk Of Death – Even If You Take It Sweetened With Sugar

Coffee Spoon Sugar

According to a new study, moderate coffee drinkers were less likely to die than non-coffee drinkers. This is true even for people who sweeten their coffee with sugar.

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the United States and the world. In fact, according to the National Coffee Association, 66% of Americans drink coffee every day, making it the most popular drink – even more than tap water!

With all this consumption, it is fortunate that studies have found potential health benefits of drinking coffee, including an association with a lower risk of death.

Researchers have wondered if this association is valid for sweet coffee, or if a spoonful of sugar will reduce the profits. The results were good news for coffee drinkers who like it sweet, as it found a reduced risk of death for moderate drinkers of both unsweetened and sugar-sweetened coffee.

A new cohort study found that compared to non-coffee drinkers, adults who drank moderate amounts (1.5 to 3.5 cups a day) of unsweetened coffee or coffee sweetened with sugar were less likely to die over a 7-year follow-up period. The results for those who used artificial sweeteners were less clear. The findings are published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Previous studies observing the health effects of coffee have found that coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of death but has not distinguished between unsweetened coffee and coffee consumed with sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Sugar Cubes and Coffee

Researchers found that those who drank 1.5 to 3.5 cups of sugar-sweetened coffee a day were 29 to 31 percent less likely to die than people who did not drink coffee.

Researchers from Southern Medical University in Canton, China used data from the UK Biobank study health questionnaire to assess the associations of consumption of sugar-sweetened, artificially sweetened and unsweetened coffee with each cause and cause specific mortality. More than 171,000 participants from the UK without any known heart disease or cancer were asked several eating and health questions to determine coffee consumption habits.

The authors found that over the next 7-year period, participants who drank any amount of unsweetened coffee were 16 to 21 percent less likely to die than participants who did not drink coffee. They also found that participants who drank 1.5 to 3.5 cups of sugar-sweetened coffee daily were 29 to 31 percent less likely to die than participants who did not drink coffee. The authors noted that adults who drank sugar-sweetened coffee added only about 1 teaspoon of sugar per cup of coffee on average. Results were inconclusive for participants who used artificial sweeteners in their coffee.

Accompanying editorial by the editors of Annals of Internal Medicine notes that while coffee has qualities that could enable health benefits, confusing variables including more difficult-to-measure differences in socioeconomic status, diet, and other lifestyle factors can influence outcomes. The authors add that the participating data is at least 10 years old and collected from a country where tea is an equally popular beverage. They warn that the average amount of daily sugar per cup of coffee recorded in this analysis is much lower than specialty drinks in popular coffee chain restaurants, and many coffee consumers may drink it instead of other beverages, making comparisons difficult for non-drinkers. .

Based on these data, clinicians can tell their patients that most coffee drinkers do not need to eliminate the drink from their diet, but be wary of higher calorie specialty coffees.

References:

“Effectiveness and Disadvantages of Contraceptive Counseling and Supply Interventions for Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” by Heidi D. Nelson, MD, MPH, Amy Cantor, MD, MPH, Rebecca M. Jungbauer, DrPH, MA, Karen B. Eden, PhD, Blair Darney, PhD, MPH, Katherine Ahrens, PhD, MPH, Amanda Burgess, MPPM, Chandler Atchison, MPH, Rose Goueth, MS and Rongwei Fu, PhD, May 24, 2022, Annals of Internal Medicine.
DOI: 10.7326 / M21-4380

“The Possible Healthy Benefit of Coffee: Does a Spoonful of Sugar Make It All Go Away?” by Christina C. Wee, MD, MPH, May 31, 2022, Annals of Internal Medicine.
DOI: 10.7326 / M22-1465

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