Sorry, California: Here are 4 science-backed reasons to keep drinking coffee

Would you like your morning coffee with a cancer warning on the side? Well, if you live in California that may be in your near future as Starbucks and other coffee sellers may have to put a cancer warning on coffee sold in that state, a Los Angeles judge has ruled.

According to Reuters, it was a small non-profit that sparked the case after they sued about 90 coffee retailers, including Starbucks, on grounds of violating a California law requiring companies to warn consumers of chemicals in their products that could cause cancer.

This is a bit of a bummer, however, there are countless studies and data points that show coffee is actually not only good for your health, it can help you be more productive at work. So take that cancer warning with a grain of salt, or rather, another cup of coffee.

1. It literally extends your life

The Ladders wrote about a study that found that people who had four cups of coffee per day had a 64% lower risk of dying during the study than those who never drank coffee. Plus, it’s doctor approved: The Mayo Clinic also says that up to four cups of coffee a day is safe for adults.

2. It can fend off diseases

Another study found that coffee can have some preventative qualities against type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and another study linked it to helping fight against the onset of Parkinson’s.

3. It can reduce your risk of cancer

Contrary to the lawsuit, a new study from the Simmons Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center found that coffee consumption (both regular and decaf) is associated with a lower risk of getting colon cancer, along with reduced risk of recurring tumors and death from colon cancer.

4. It can improve your memory and focus

Ladders recently wrote about research that found that coffee can become super unhealthy when you are adding in tons of sugar and non-dairy creamer that are full of oils and trans fats on top of that and then artificial flavoring.

However, if you drink your coffee black the health benefits are immense. It can help boost memory, make you more intelligent, cleanses your gut, helps your heart, improves your workouts, etc.