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Does your morning coffee protect against MRSA?

Coffee and tea drinkers are less likely to carry the antibiotic-resistant superbug, according to new research.

People who regularly drink hot tea or coffee are about half as likely as non-drinkers to harbor the bacteria in their nostrils, according to a study that tested more than 5,500 Americans.

Roughly 1% of Americans have the bacteria on their skin, but do not get sick from it.

The study’s authors note that while coffee and tea are known to have some antimicrobial properties, this study doesn’t prove that coffee or tea consumption actually caused the reduction in bacteria — merely that they are connected in some way.

The study appears in the Annals of Family Medicine.

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