Once Again, Science Says Coffee Can Kill You


I’d like to think of myself as a pretty reasonable coffee drinker. One cup in the morning and that’s it, unless I simply can’t make it through the rest of the day without a mid-afternoon latte. But no matter what I do, someone’s always telling me that I’m drinking too much or not enough, and that my coffee is actually full of cockroach pheromones.

Usually coffee news is pretty good: it helps reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, protects your brain, and can even reduce potential suicide risk. But now, drinking too much coffee has been linked with a higher risk of death in people under 55. Uh, thanks, science. WTF.

In a recent study, presented by Mayo Clinic and written by several “leading” cardiologists, researchers observed over 40,000 people between the ages of 20 and 87, who filled out questionnaires about their life habits between 1979 and 1998. After following up with subjects seventeen years later, over 2000 people had died, and researches found an association between the deaths and subjects who had consumed more than 28 cups of coffee a week.

What does this mean? Well, if you’re under 55, you are 21 percent more likely to die if you drink a ton of coffee. That means all nighters, chugging the brown stuff to make it through work, and an endless barrage of coffee dates could someday be fatal. Ugh. First froyo, now this.

I’m hoping the health benefits might still count if I stick to my reasonable habits. But for you coffee junkies out there, maybe think about switching to green tea for now. At least, until science ruins that for you too.

H/T Huffington Post + PicThx Olma

By Nora Landis-Shack

Nora Landis-Shack was born to be a foodie. With a classically trained French chef for a father, she’s been exploring new tastes since she was big enough to help chop vegetables for dinner. Pig’s feet, frog’s legs, and tripe are delicious child’s play. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t love a great steak. Because she does. With frites, please.

6 replies on “Once Again, Science Says Coffee Can Kill You”

I’ll tell ya what will kill us – all the worry, stress and anxiety we endure paying too much attention to science. I don’t listen to this crap anymore. If they came out with one of their ‘studies’ telling us that eating too many vegetables causes cancer and premature coronaries (I mean, let’s face it, perfectly fit & healthy people have dropped dead from heart attacks for no apparent reason) it wouldn’t surprise me one tiny bit.

IF this is the study other sites have been covering Nora has left out an important observation,

study found that those who drank larger amounts of coffee were more
likely to smoke and had less healthy lungs and hearts.’
So Nora, just don’t pick up smoking.

Coffee has roughly twice the caffeine as energy drinks do per ounce, so imagine if a friend told you they drank 28 cans of Monster energy drink or Red Bull a week… yeah.

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