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ICO participates in a study showing that drinking three coffees per day reduces premature mortality by between 8% and 18%

The head of the ICO Nutrition and Cancer Unit, Antoni Agudo, is joint author of this analysis that has been carried out among half a million people, from a dozen European countries, over a period of 16 years.

13/07/2017 09:07
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Drinking three coffees, or more, every day could reduce premature mortality by up to 18% in men and 8% in women according to a study carried out by researchers from the World Health Organisation and in which the Catalan Institute of Oncology participated. The head of the ICO Nutrition and Cancer Unit, Antoni Agudo, is joint author of this exhaustive analysis that has been carried out among 520,000 people, from a dozen European countries, analysed over a period of 16 years.

According to the results obtained, the consumption of just one coffee per day is associated with a reduction in premature mortality of 3% among men and 1% among women. Mortality is reduced for all causes, however, above all, for cardiovascular and digestive system diseases.

Contradicting previous studies
In 1991 the International Agency for Research into Cancer (IARC) defined coffee as a “possible carcinogenic product for humans” and insinuated a link with pancreatic cancer. But last year the WHO denied this suspicion after evaluating over 1,000 studies and concluded that there was no proof that coffee could be a carcinogenic product.

Now this new study, which was funded by the European Union, suggests beneficial effects for health. A second study, carried out among 185,000 Americans of different ethnic origins, and also during 16 years, reaches similar conclusions. Both studies have been published in the specialised journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

You can consult the study at this link