If you’re on your second or even third cup of coffee for the day, don’t feel bad. New research shows those extra cups are doing more than helping you get through the day chasing a toddler. In fact, coffee could help you live longer.

Experts have long been conflicted over the health benefits (or lack thereof) of drinking coffee and while some past studies have shown links between coffee drinking and living longer, there still exists a taboo about drinking too much coffee. However, recent research shows that those extra cups are perfectly healthy. The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that even heavy coffee drinkers lived longer than those who drank no coffee at all.

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Using data from over 500,000 people ages 38 to 73, the study concluded that drinking anywhere from one to eight cups of coffee per day was inversely associated with mortality. This was true regardless of the type of coffee, including instant and decaf. In other words, pour yourself another cup and enjoy a long life with your kids.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

 

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