This Gives Us Life (Literally): New Study Finds Coffee Might Make You Live Longer

11/18/2015 at 03:16 PM ET

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Bill Bettencourt

If you’re still reeling from news that bacon is evil, we have some positivity to throw your way: Your daily coffee habit might make you live longer.

A new study from the American Heart Association published in Circulation found that drinking one to five cups of coffee a day is associated with lower risk of mortality compared to not drinking any coffee. Guzzle 10 cups a day? You don’t reap the health benefits; there’s no association with lowered mortality if you have five cups or more.

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“In our study, we found people who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 15 percent lower [risk of premature] mortality compared to people who didn’t drink coffee,” one of the study authors, nutrition researcher Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health, told NPR.

If you drink decaf, you don’t have to feel left out for the first time in your life  the findings apply to decaf coffee, as well.

As for why coffee has this effect on lowering mortality, the answer is unclear.

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“We’re not sure exactly how coffee is [linked] to all these benefits. The coffee bean itself is loaded with many different nutrients and phytochemicals. And my guess is that they’re working together to have some of these benefits,” Willett tells NPR. “We [see] similar benefits from caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. That’s important, because it suggests that caffeine is not responsible for [the benefit].”

Coffee, we didn’t think it was possible to love you more, but here we are.

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

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Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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