Drinking Coffee Linked to Lower Mortality Risk

Millions wake up to a morning coffee. Drinking coffee is associated with many aspects of culture and social interactions, but does it have health benefits? According to recent studies there are multiple health benefits to this practice and you should continue to enjoy your morning coffee. 

A recently published study found that moderate consumption of coffee is associated with a decreased mortality, regardless of if the coffee is sweetened or not. The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. 

The consumption of coffee has been found to decrease the risk of many health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and even cancer. 

30% Decreased Mortality Risk 

For the current study, the team determined if the lower mortality risk associated with coffee consumption was applied with the addition of artificial sweeteners or sugar to the coffee. The study included over 170,000 participants that were followed up for up to 7 years and they were eligible only if they did not have cardiovascular disease or cancer at the start of the study.

They accounted for other factors such as lifestyle, clinical, and sociodemographic factors in their analysis and found that more than half of coffee drinkers drank unsweetened coffee, and those who added sugar only added about 1.5 teaspoons of sugar.  

The researchers concluded that moderate coffee consumption, which is about 1.5 to 3.5 cups of coffee per day is associated with a 30% reduction in mortality risk, regardless of the adding of a sweetener. 

These results of course don’t apply to coffees with higher amounts of sugar but you can still get the benefits of your morning coffee if you add a small amount of sugar. 


Jessica Norris. (2022, Jun 7). Drinking coffee in moderation linked to lower mortality risk. Medical News Today. Retrieved from: 


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