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Is that extra cup of coffee making you feel sinful? Here's why it shouldn't
Here's news that might make you feel good bout having that extra cup of coffee about which you had been feeling sinful. Two research studies have concluded that drinking moderate amounts of coffee prolongs life and leads to a decreased risk of several diseases such as Alzheimer's, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Though the researchers have clearly stated that they are not claiming that drinking coffee will surely prolong one's life, but that there is an association between drinking coffee and having a prolonged life.

Of the two researches, one was led by Veronica W Setiawan, an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

The study that was published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine has concluded that drinking one cup of coffee a day could reduce the risk of death by 12 per cent. For people drinking two to three cups of coffee a day, the decrease in the risk of death was even higher going up to 18 per cent.

Another study published in the same journal found that coffee consumption was linked with a lower risk of death from all causes.

But not much could be concluded from the researches as the researchers were unable to explain why coffee appears to confer these health benefits.

But the researches have met with critical opposition as well, with some experts challenging the conclusions and terming them 'misleading'. Experts have even said that such generalised statements and that too without any direct evidence largely ignore the fact that caffeine, which is present in coffee, can be dangerous for health as well.

Coffee had been a subject of study for researchers earlier as well. And why not, a beverage of which 2.25 billion cups are consumed everyday deserves to be studied well.

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