Recent, Large-Scale Observational Studies Agree Coffee Might Help You Live Longer

The European Society of Cardiology has completed a new large-scale study of 20,000 participants that determined that drinking coffee and (maybe as much as you want) may help you live longer.

The study found that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day were observed to have a 64% less chance of early death when compare to people who never or rarely drink coffee. The study notes that the risk reduction increased as people reached the age of 45. This suggests the benefits of consuming coffee increase as we age.

This all echoes another recent and large observational study that both regular and decaf drinkers appear to live longer. Other research has shown that coffee reduces the risk of disease like type 2 diabetes, liver disease, Alzheimer’s, skin cancer and colorectal cancer.

While all of this is true, this is not a free for all to for everyone to start ingesting copious amounts of coffee. Both pregnant women and those with heart conditions should limit their intake. Data is inconsistent when it comes to pregnant women consuming more than 200mg of caffeine a day when it comes to risks like miscarriage or premature birth. As caffeine speeds up heart rate anyone with a heart condition should consult a doctor before consuming too much caffeine.

Remember that decaffeinated coffee isn’t “no-caf” and that drinking 3-4 cups a day of decaf could still be problematic for heart patients.

Some final thoughts: if you don’t take you coffee black low-fat milk is better than cream; though a teaspoon of sugar in a cup of coffee isn’t much, it does add up if you drink multiple cups a day; those with high cholesterol should avoid unfiltered coffee, compounds left in unfiltered coffee can increase cholesterol in some people; those with sleep issues should avoid caffeine in the evening or even earlier.

Chai Flavored Coffee

Chai means tea but it has a distinctive flavor. To make your coffee have a similar flavor, try adding the flavors below to your filter basket and brew. Spoon the amount of the mixture you usually use for the amount of water you usually use and then brew normally.

Ingredients:
1 cup ground coffee
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger

Using Coffee Grounds

We’ve talked before about what to do with used coffee grounds. We found a few recipes on Livestrong.com that had some good ideas. We didn’t seem too crazy with the idea of the first one called “Spent Coffee and Salt Baked Heirloom Carrots” but there were some others that we might like to try.

You can use coffee grounds in “Red-Eye Gravy” by adding used coffee grounds to bacon grease. Another idea which sounds totally good is to add a tablespoon to overnight oats along with the chia – it would be fun to figure out which spots are chia and which are grounds!

Another totally good sounding idea is to add about 1/3 cup to brownie batter. One last idea they gave was to add it to marinade for beef or pork recipes. Add the grounds to cacao nibs, vinegar, honey, and basil. Sounds very different but might be really good.

See the recipes here

Cold Brew Research

Scientists recently took a deeper look into how cold brewing coffee works; the chemical changes; how to brew the perfect cup. They couldn’t meet as planned due to the Covid-19 pandemic so they had a virtual meeting.

They looked at the diffences in types of coffee used to see the different compounds left in the coffee. The looked at different ratios as well.

They found that caffeine contents and antioxidant levels were similar in hot and cold brewed batches for lighter roast beans but it varied more for medium and dark roast beans. They found the hot brewed coffee had more antioxidants in the darker beans. The darker the beans the more the difference. Also in the darker roast, the acidic content was less.

Read more:
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/04/the-chemistry-of-cold-brew-coffee-is-so-hot-right-now/

Free Coffee

If you are a healthcare worker, you might be able to get a free coffee from various places in your area.
Some of the deals for coffee: Starbucks is giving a free hot or cold tall brewed coffee through May 3; Cumberland Farms convenience chain for free coffee; Paris Baguette in NYC through the pandemic.

Some places are giving away food: Krispy Kreme is offering donuts at their drive-thrus through May 12; White Castle is giving a free meal through April 30.

Other giveaways: Crocs has a giveaway of 10,000 shoes a day. You need to go to their website at 12pm ET each day and get in line for each day’s allotment; Dr. Scholl’s is donating 100,000 pairs of insoles (hospitals can email coronavirus.outreach@drscholls.com).

Some areas have even more free swag for healthcare workers and you would have to look in your local newspapers or the sites of your local groups to find them.