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iVillage: 15 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good For Your Health

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Sipping Coffee Instead of Water

Water cures all and coffee is evil, right? Well, according to studies at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University, caffeine helps shuttle blood sugar into muscle and brain cells, cutting your risk of prediabetes by as much as half. As for the ugly rumor that coffee is a dehydrator? According to University of Nebraska researchers, you absorb just as much water from eight ounces of coffee (or tea) as you do from eight ounces of water! Don’t toss the water bottle, but feel less guilty about that 4pm coffee break.

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