Mornings With Gina Birch

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When I saw a headline this morning that read “Drinking Coffee Lowers Risk of Death” I thought FINALLY, I’m doing something right. I LOVE coffee, can’t live without coffee. Not to be overly dramatic, but that’s what it feels like some mornings.

Coffee in SOBE

A hot cup of coffee on a rainy day on Ocean Drive in Miami.

A good cup of coffee makes me so happy. Conversely, a bad cup of coffee kind of makes me mad, although I’ll drink it in a pinch.

I’ve become a bit of a coffee snob over the years and have learned to embrace it. There is nothing like the smell of fresh beans when they are freshly ground, then turned into this magic elixir.

According to a new study, people who drink coffee everyday are far less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease or cancer.

Researchers in the United Kingdome found that people who drink 1.5 to 3.5 cups of coffee a day, sweetened coffee, are 30 percent less likely to die, than those who don’t drink coffee at all

This research is particularly interesting since it appears to contradict what some doctors say about sugar consumption. The numbers are for those who drink “sweetened” coffee.


Coffee on the water

Coffee on the water. Yes I take photos of coffee as well as food when I’m traveling and dining.

Even  more surprising, the numbers for unsweetened coffee drinkers, while not bad, are not quite as good.

The study results, which are found in the journal Annuls of Study, stated that those who take their cup of Joe straight up, without sugar, are between 16 percent and 29 percent less likely to die.

When I have a good cup of coffee I like to really taste it and that means sans the sugar more often than not. Not quite sure what to make of the disparity in the sweetened-vs-non-sweetened statistics. Either way, drinking coffee lowers risk of death according to this study so I’ll take it, and pour another cup.

Then switch to wine, it has health benefits too.