Is coffee good for you?

Evidence is mounting that moderate coffee intake may protect us from a range of diseases, and even increase life span.

So is it OK to be addicted to coffee? 

In March this year, after a project that lasted just shy of two decades, scientists at Japan's National Cancer Centre released some intriguing results.

Their study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, tracked the lives – and sometimes deaths – of more than  90,000 people. Its conclusion was remarkable: "The habitual intake of coffee is associated with lower risk of total mortality and three leading causes of death in Japan."

Actually, it wasn't that remarkable. The study recorded unusually unambiguous findings, but it was broadly in line with a growing body of research that suggests drinking two to five cups of coffee a day may significantly reduce your risk of dying from a wide range of nasties, including melanoma,...

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