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Scientists Say People Who Drink Coffee Every Day Live Longer

Scientists Say People Who Drink Coffee Every Day Live Longer

Science has revealed some interesting facts about coffee consumption. If you have been debating on whether that second or third cup is going to help or hinder you in the health department you may want to read on. There have been some recent studies that seem to suggest that moderate coffee consumption is beneficial.

How The Study Was Conducted

Study subjects were followed for up to 30 years in order to collect data. They were provided questionnaires every four years in which researchers were able to assess the coffee drinking.

The Findings

People who had less than 5 cups of coffee a day experienced a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, Type 2 diabetes, and suicide.

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Interestingly enough, the benefits were seen in both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. This suggests that it might not be the caffeine but the actual coffee beans that are creating the benefit.

A Science-y Explanation

According to Ming Ding, M.D., the study’s first author and doctoral student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, “Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation. They might be responsible for the inverse association between coffee and mortality. However, more studies are needed to investigate the biological mechanisms producing these effects.”

A Surprising Link

The study also references the fact that coffee drinkers are more likely to smoke and drink alcohol. If you take this into consideration and do the testing only on non-smokers (never-smokers to be more specific), the protective benefits in coffee are glaringly evident.

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The Cold Hard Numbers

The data gathered for this research is from 3 long term studies. The first contains 74,890 women in the Nurses’ Health Study. The second group is made of 93,054 of women in Nurses’ Health Study 2. The final group contains 40,557 men and is known as Health Professionals Follow-Up Study.

Deaths during the study totaled 19,524 women and 12,432 men. There was a range of what caused their deaths.

Who Should Avoid Coffee

Though the benefits are obvious, there are some groups that should limit their drinking of coffee a little more. Pregnant women and children should be cautious about the caffeine intake that might accompany the coffee.

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What Now?

Though the study did seem to create links between coffee drinking and dying from some illnesses, there will need to be more studies done before anyone can say (without a doubt) that the correlations exist. This particular study was not conducted to asses a direct cause and effect between the illnesses and coffee drinking.

Before anything like that can be proven there would be a more reliable test. For instance, this test allowed the study subjects to fill out the amounts of coffee they consumed. In future studies it may be more reliable to have the researchers confirm and measure the amounts to verify.

We should also note that previous studies have not been able to see associations between coffee drinking and death related to specific death types.

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An interesting question is if different types of coffee could have different types of benefits, or if all of them have the same positive effects? This is something that will hopefully be studied in the future as well.

Summary

Coffee can be part of a healthy well-balanced diet. Studies show that there are health benefits in consuming a moderate amount of coffee each day. The moderate amount is classified as less than 5 cups a day. If you are pregnant, you should be aware of the caffeine associated with drinking coffee and adjust your intake with the guidance of your doctor.

For more details please see the article from Science Daily by clicking here.

Featured photo credit: Shaiith via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on June 6, 2019

6 Reasons Why French Press Makes the Best Coffee

6 Reasons Why French Press Makes the Best Coffee

If you like coffee, you will find that you have many choices. You can spend lots of money to let Starbucks make it for you. You can purchase a high-priced espresso machine to create a good cup of coffee. You can spend very little money on a drip machine. You can buy a percolator. The final choice is a French press machine.[1]

How Does French Press Work?

When you brew coffee In a French press, you should start with coarse-ground beans. You shouldn’t  use a blade grinder because they don’t grind evenly and they make the beans warmer, which takes away the flavor you want in your cup. Get the press with a burr grinder or grind your beans at the store. Add the grounds into the French press carafe with very hot water and let it sit for three to five minutes. You want to push the grounds down with the tough strainer and pour yourself a cup.

Because of the differences, you will have to get used to the new flavor. You’ll appreciate the aroma and view the coffee oils floating on top. When you drink your coffee, you will taste the tiny bean particles. Coffee aficionados love the quality.

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Why Use a French Press?

Many people believe French press makes the best coffee. These are some reasons why.

Paper filters take out flavor and oils. When eating good foods, the flavor usually exists in the fats and oils. Paper filters in drip machines absorb much of the oil in your coffee grounds. French press doesn’t soak up flavor and adds tiny bits of coffee grounds in the coffee that percolates flavor.

French press allows for steeping. When you get a good cup of tea, you use bulk tea that steeps for several minutes depending on the type of tea. The end result is a mouth-watering cup of tea. The same is true for coffee through a French press. Because the grounds steep instead of filter, the coffee tastes better.

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Everything is in the cup. Using a French press means that everything except the ground coffee is in the cup. You taste all the flavors, which adds to the experience. You experience the coffee through all five senses.

No impurities are there. When you buy Folger’s and use a drip machine, you get impurities. First, impurities come from the manufacturing and distribution of the name-brand of coffee. Second, impurities show up from the drip machine and the way the coffee is made. However, with a French press, you drink the coffee the way it is meant to be drunk without impurities.

You get complete saturation of grounds. The French press does not allow you to miss any of the grounds. This means you are getting complete saturation of the coffee and oils. A drip machine doesn’t hit all the grounds. The saturation gives the coffee a different flavor than what you get from a drip machine or percolator.

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It’s the right temperature. French press maintains the right water temperature throughout the process, which makes a difference on how the coffee is brewed. Drip machines and percolators often heat up the water quickly and cool down just as quickly, which means the right temperature only happens during the middle of the process instead of throughout the whole brewing cycle.

Tips for Making Coffee in Your French Press

Use a course grinder

Weigh your coffee and water because coffees have different densities. For instance, African coffees tend to be thicker than South American coffees. The density difference means that a volume measurement will not be as accurate as a weight measurement.

Wet the grinds first because you can eliminate carbon dioxide in the grinds. Then, your coffee won’t taste sour.

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Stir it after a minute of processing because the grounds will float to the top and not be in the water.

Brew for four minutes to get the best taste from the coffee. Use your kitchen timer to count the four minutes.

Plunge and pour

If you are still using a percolator or drip machine, you should purchase a French press machine and taste the difference in the coffee. You will then want to put away your drip machine and have the best tasting coffee from your French press.

Featured photo credit: Helena Lopes via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] That Fresh Feeling: What is the Best French Press Coffee Maker

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