NEW YORK (WABC) -- The most widely consumed beverage in the world has now been linked to a lower risk of dying thanks to new studies.
A pair of large-scale studies in the United States and in Europe found that coffee drinking is associated with an up to a 20-percent lower risk of dying from any cause.
The approximately 16-year European study found a significant decrease in mortality in heavy coffee drinkers compared to non-drinkers.
The American study found that as little as one cup of coffee a day had benefits of lowering risk of death.
It's currently not clear what exactly it is about coffee that links it to lower death rates.
New studies link coffee drinking to lower risk of dying