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Brand new reasons to celebrate a favorite drink

There are reasons aplenty to celebrate one of our favorite daily drinks.

Those who drink coffee are less likely to die of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and a host of other ailments — even accidents or injury.

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In one large-scale analysis, 400,000 men and women enrolled in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study were followed for 13 years to see how their coffee habits correlated with longevity.

The result: Coffee drinkers were up to 16 percent more likely to live longer, with a generally dose-dependent effect — as in, the more you drink, the longer you’ll live.

For years, conventional wisdom held that coffee drinking wasn’t good for you — perhaps reinforced by the fact that, in general, coffee drinkers are also more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, eat red meat, and skimp on fruit and vegetables.

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But when researchers controlled for such lifestyle factors, coffee emerged to possibly confer a longevity benefit across a wide range of illnesses. Why might this be?

Researchers credit some of the 1,000-plus compounds in coffee, which may have antioxidant effects. Caffeine, however, does not appear to deserve the credit, as both regular and decaf coffee drinkers derived a longevity bump, with decaf drinkers enjoying a lower risk of diabetes.

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Bottom line: As long as you maintain healthy habits in other areas of life, you’ll likely live longer if you drink coffee.

This article was originally created by the Dole Nutrition Institute.

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