Parents across the world, rejoice: We’re going to live forever!
A new study is confirming one of our greatest hopes. No, not that 5-year-olds will one day eat something other than mac and cheese for dinner. But get this: Scientists in two studies published earlier this week actually found that drinking coffee — and lots of it — is good for you.
Cue the clouds parting and beams of light shining down upon a steaming mug of that hot, delicious, energy-providing elixir!
For those of us with kids who are less-than-ideal sleepers, we all know the power of a cup (or three) of coffee. When you’re working on five hours of disjointed sleep, coffee is often the only thing that can get you through the day without hurting anyone — unintentionally or not.
For instance, one recent under-caffeinated day after a particularly brutal night’s sleep, I was driving to the store. Along the way I saw a stop sign. Being as I obey the rules of traffic, I carefully came to a complete stop, and then moved through the intersection. Only problem? I totally forget to actually look and see if there was any oncoming traffic before moving forward. Luckily, the person with the right of way was likely properly caffeinated and was able to stop in time. But see what I mean? Coffee saves lives, people!
Okay, okay — maybe it doesn’t exactly save lives, but it certainly extends them.
In the first study, researchers surveyed over 520,000 people in 10 European countries over the course of 16 years. During this time, they found that men who drank three cups of coffee a day had a 12 percent lower risk of dying than non-imbibers. Coffee-drinking women, one the other hand, had a 7 percent lower risk.
And it has nothing to do with region or ethnicity, either. In the second study, researchers surveyed over 120,000 African Americans, Native Americans, Japanese Americans, Latinos and Caucasians. In all cases, those who consumed two to four cups of coffee a day had an 18 percent lower risk of dying than non-coffee drinkers.
Researchers also noted that it doesn’t seem to matter how the coffee is prepared. And non-caffeinated coffee has the same health benefits as caffeinated coffee. (Although that second bit probably isn’t super relevant to us — us mamas love our caffeine.)
The only bad news? Both studies do say there can be health issues with overconsumption of caffeinated coffee in particular, which they classify as five or more cups. But still — four cups of coffee a day, blessed by science? I’ll take it!
Now if we can only find a study that proves eating chocolate actually burns calories, we could all die happy.