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Why Italian Style of Coffee Drinking is Healthier

Time and again, Italians have been acknowledged as one of the healthiest living populations all over the world. Why is that, you might wonder? It is primarily because of their healthy food and drink preparations and traditional living habits. However, especially for those who still haven’t tried the Italian style of coffee drinking, there is news that it might be far healthier than your takeaway cappuccino.

Researchers working in Italy have found that 3 or more coffee cups, prepared in the customary Italian way (that is, high pressure, no filters and heightened water temperature), could reduce the risk of prostate cancer, affecting one out of every 7 men in America, by 53 percent. The study was conducted among nearly seven-thousand men living in the Molise region. These participants were under observation for an average of four years. This International Journal of Cancer published study has had a significant impact on the studies looking into the connection between Italian-style coffee (espresso-based) and prostate cancer in men.

A simple way to reduce your chances of suffering from prostate cancer is to switch to the Italian style of coffee preparation and drinking rules as neatly shown in the Med Cruise Guide’s infographic below. According to the researchers involved in the study, the hot water and high-pressure preparation, without the filter use, may lead to the reduced loss of certain bioactive compounds. These compounds have been studied for their role in preventing cancer and various other diseases.

Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that is on the rise all over the world, especially in America. Prostate, a male reproductive system gland, is responsible for making nearly all the semen which contains sperm. This gland is quite small, almost the size of a walnut, and located underneath the bladder surrounding the urethra. The African-American male population is at a higher risk of getting prostate cancer. Consequently, it also reports the maximum number of deaths due to the disease.

Explore the infographic below and learn how Italians enjoy specific types of coffee depending on the time of day. The rule #4 especially shows you how they satisfy their cravings for this popular and healthy drink as they go throughout their day.


Anna Kay is an avid traveler, photographer and editor at She loves exploring and island-hopping across the Mediterranean, and enjoying local food specialties.

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