New studies link coffee drinking to lower risk of dying

NEW YORK -- 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.

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