Eager to put red cup-gate behind them, Starbucks' marketing team will be very happy with the results of a new study about coffee drinkers.
Published by Harvard scientists in Circulation, the findings show that coffee enthusiasts who indulge in three to five cups per day are approximately 15 percent less likely to die prematurely.
"Compared to non-drinkers, coffee consumption one to five cups [per day] was associated with lower risk of mortality, while coffee consumption more than five cups [per day] was not associated with risk of mortality," wrote the authors, who tracked data for 207,000 individuals. Interestingly, the same held true for decaf drinkers, leading the scientists to believe that the life-extending elixir is not merely caffeine but "many different nutrients and phytochemicals" contained in coffee beans.
Other studies have recently shown that coffee may lower the risk of certain cancers, diabetes and even heart disease. If only eggnog did the same.