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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - SPECIAL -

CUP OF COF­FEE OR TEA —

Cof­fee can be good for you, a mes­sage that seems to be get­ting across to the gen­eral pub­lic de­spite years of neg­a­tive, mis­in­formed press. A meta-anal­y­sis re­ported that drink­ing cof­fee was more of­ten as­so­ci­ated with ben­e­fit than harm. It was shown that three to four cups of cof­fee a day was linked with a 19pc lower risk of dy­ing from heart dis­ease.

For those who pre­fer a cup of tea, don’t worry, the find­ings on tea and heart dis­ease are ac­tu­ally up­beat. A study that fol­lowed more than 37,000 peo­ple for 13 years re­ported those who drank plenty of tea were less likely to die of heart dis­ease than peo­ple who don’t drink tea.

In fact, those who drank three to six cups of tea each day were 45pc less likely to die from heart dis­ease than those who drank less than one cup.

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