Every morning, when I reach for my second (or fifth) cup of coffee, I have this strange moment where I think to myself "how is this screwing up my body?"
Apparently, not that much. If anything, coffee may actually be helping my body out, according to new research which linked coffee consumption to longer lifespans.
In a study published in Circulation, the American Heart Association's scientific journal, the rate at which both men and women consumed coffee and their risk of mortality was examined, with their findings making coffee seem like some elixir for longevity.
Three different cohorts were examined, 74,890 women, 40,557 men, and another group of 93,054 women.
Across the board, the study concluded that participants who drank 3 to 5 cups of coffee per day saw "a lower risk of deaths from cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases, Type 2 diabetes and suicide."
Specifically, coffee drinkers were 15% less likely to be at risk of a premature death than non-coffee drinkers.
This was directly compared to those who didn't drink coffee, in which no link to a lower mortality rates were found.
Anyone who exceeds 5+ cups of coffee a day (I know you're out there my kindred brethren) will be pleased to hear that drinking that much caffeine wasn't found to lead to a shorter lifespan, so feel free to keep on brewing.
And for the decaf-folks, while I totally don't approve of you sipping on a cup of Joe that lacks a respectable amount of caffeine, the study will please your brains too. Decaf coffee drinkers were also seen to benefit, with longer lifespans also reported.
As with all scientific studies, you do need to take these findings with a grain of salt. No real reason was given as to why coffee made folks live longer, and the researchers could very well have a biased towards coffee, wanting to paint the addictive beverage in a positive light.
But as a caffeine addict, I'm not going to think about all that and just be selective in my cognition and solely take away that "coffee will make me live longer," because I love coffee.
49th Parallel will be opening its doors on Friday, July 16 starting at 7 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will be handing out free Beignes Lucky's to all customers.
Sounds like a pretty good reason to check out the spot if you ask me!
Plus, there will also be "coffee blends exclusive to the Old Montreal location, in addition to fan-favourite blends such as the Old School Espresso, Longitude 123°W Blend, and Organic French Roast" to try, so any coffee lover will be happy to take a trip over.
When: Officially opens Friday, July 16
Address: 488, rue McGill, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To see if British Columbian coffee can compete with Montreal flavours — and for a free donut on opening day!
Address: 1063 rue de la Montagne, corner boul. Rene-Levesque, Montreal, Quebec
Why You Need To Go: Freshly baked bread, imported cheese and food products, authentic desserts, ready-made meals, a pasta laboratory and a coffee bar make Italimenti your one-stop-shop for everything Italy in the downtown core.