Drinking coffee reduces the risk of death – even if you drink it sweetened with sugar

According to a new study, the average coffee drinker died less than non-coffee drinkers. This also applies to people who sweeten their coffee with sugar.

Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the United States and the world. In fact, according to the National Coffee Association, 66% of Americans drink coffee every day, which makes it the most popular beverage – even more than tap water!

With all of this in mind, it is gratifying that studies have found that drinking coffee is associated with health benefits, including a lower risk of death.

Because the benefit of a sweet spoon is whether this compound is preserved or the sugar is reduced. The results were good news for those who drank sweet coffee, as the risk of death was reduced for those who drank sugar-free and sugary coffee on average.

A new cohort study found that adults who drank moderate amounts (1.5-3.5 cups per day) of sugar-free coffee or coffee with added sugar were less likely to die during the 7-year follow-up period than non-coffee drinkers. The results are less clear for those who use artificial sweeteners. The results were published in the journal Internal Medicine Annals.

Previous observations of the health effects of coffee have shown that coffee consumption is less lethal, but did not distinguish between sugar-free coffee and coffee with added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Sugar cubes and coffee

Researchers found that people who drank 1.5 to 3.5 cups of sugar a day were 29 to 31 percent less likely to die than those who did not.

Researchers at the Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, using data from a health behavioral questionnaire from the UK’s Biobank study, assessed the consumption of sugar-sweetened, artificially sweetened and sugar-free coffee as associated with all causes and causes of death. More than 171,000 participants from the UK, who did not have known heart disease or cancer, were asked a series of questions on diet and health behavior to determine coffee drinking habits.

The authors found that participants who drank the desired amount of unsweetened coffee during the 7-year follow-up had a 16-21 percent lower mortality rate than participants who did not drink coffee. They also found that participants who drank coffee with 1.5-3.5 cups of sugar per day were 29-31 percent less likely to die than those who did not. The authors note that adults who drank coffee with added sugar, on average, added 1 teaspoon of sugar to a cup of coffee. The results were inconclusive for participants who used artificial sweeteners in coffee.

An editorial accompanied by the editors of Internal Medicine Annals Although coffee has health benefits, it notes that confusing variables that affect differences in socioeconomic status, diet, and other lifestyle factors that are more difficult to measure may affect outcomes. The authors add that participants’ data were at least 10 years old and that tea was collected from a country where tea is a popular beverage. They warn that the average daily sugar content of a cup of coffee in this analysis is much lower than that of special drinks in popular coffee chain restaurants, and that many coffee consumers may drink it instead of other beverages, making it difficult to compare with non-drinkers. .

Based on this information, clinicians can tell their patients that most coffee drinkers do not need to be excluded from their diet, but should be wary of high-calorie special coffees.


“Effectiveness and harm of contraceptive counseling and support interventions for women: a systematic review and meta-analysis” by Heidi D. Nelson, MD, MPH, Amy Cantor, MD, MPH, Rebecca M. Jungbauer, DrPH, MA, Karen B. Eden, PhD, Blair Darney, PhD, MPH, Catherine Arens, PhD, MPH, Amanda Burgess, MPPM, Chandler Atchison, MPH, Rose Guet, MS and Rongwei Fu, PhD, May 24, 2022, Internal Medicine Annals.
DOI: 10.7326 / M21-4380

“The potential health benefits of coffee: does a spoonful of sugar eliminate all of this?” by Christina C. Wee, MD, MPH, 31 May 2022, Internal Medicine Annals.
DOI: 10.7326 / M22-1465

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