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If you can’t get your day off on the right foot without that morning cup of joe, you’re not alone. According to the National Coffee Association of U.S.A. (NCA), Americans are consuming more coffee than ever. Coffee drinking increased by 5% since 2015 and 62% of the population drinks coffee every day. As it turns out, this coffee habit could be a good thing.

The results of a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine indicate that if you drink moderate amounts of coffee, you may be prolonging your life — and you can even drink coffee with sugar and still be at a lower risk for death. In the study, which followed 171,616 British participants without a history of cancer or heart disease, those who consumed unsweetened coffee had between a 16% and 21% lower risk of death than non-consumers of coffee. Additionally, those who drank sweetened coffee had a 29% to 31% lower risk of death if they drank less than four cups per day. The study found less consistent results between artificially-sweetened coffee and reduced risk of death. All participants were tracked over a seven-year period to determine if consuming coffee impacted the general risk of death and death due to cancer and heart disease (via U.S. News & World Report).

Despite this positive news, don’t start scarfing down those iced whipped frappuccinos just yet.