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Both beverages, especially in large amounts, are linked to better health and longer life

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New research adds a cup or two of good news to a pot of mounting evidence indicating that both coffee and tea — and apparently lots of it — can help people live longer, healthier lives. There’s just one catch: The evidence suggests you’ll want to eat well and exercise, too. Caffeinated drinks won’t make up for copious doughnuts and couch time.


Both regular and decaf boost your health

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It seems that the more that we learn more about food, the less we get to eat — at least with a clear conscience. However, just as science taketh away, it giveth also. Your morning cup of coffee is a good example: It’s not a “guilty pleasure,” it’s just a pleasure. And one that you should certainly keep enjoying because coffee’s salubrious qualities are likely active contributors to your health.


‘The Mosquito’ author Timothy C. Winegard chronicles the history of ingestible repellents, from coffee to gin & tonics

A mosquito about to fly onto a person’s hand.
A mosquito about to fly onto a person’s hand.
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The mosquito is our deadliest predator. Researchers have suggested that the mosquito is responsible for the deaths of roughly half of the 108 billion people who have ever lived. With her (only females bite) catalogue of diseases including malaria, West Nile, Zika, dengue, and yellow fever, she has driven the course of human history by deciding the fates of empires and nations, crippling economies, and determining the outcome of pivotal wars including the American Revolution and Civil War. Last year she caused approximately 830,000 deaths, far outpacing any other animal as the most effective killer of humans. …


Scientists wake up and smell the apparent health benefits

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Coffee is powerful stuff. Researchers discovered earlier this year that just a whiff is enough to increase the body’s arousal levels, helping jonesers wake up and feel focused. Yet purported links to cancer, poor heart health, and shorter lives have percolated for decades. Now, better-brewed studies are debunking the previous bad news and linking coffee — even several cups a day — to specific health benefits and longer life.


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