Just Can’t Get Enough — Coffee!

Someone just passed me this article at WebMD.  It starts like this:

Want a drug that could lower your risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and colon cancer? That could lift your mood and treat headaches? That could lower your risk of cavities?

If it sounds too good to be true, think again.

Coffee, the much maligned but undoubtedly beloved beverage, just made headlines for possibly cutting the risk of the latest disease epidemic, type 2 diabetes. And the real news seems to be that the more you drink, the better.

Various studies show that coffee helps prevent Parkinson’s Disease, liver cirrhosis, gallstones, and colon cancer,  can help manage asthma, can stop a headache (Anacin and Excedrin contain the caffeine of a hefty mug ‘o Joe), can boost your mood and even prevent cavities.  Coffee is also known to enhance athletic endurance and performance and boost memory and mental acuity.  It can even slow the mental decline in old men.

The article goes on to say “Overall, the research shows that coffee is far more healthful than it is harmful,” “For most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good,” and “coffee may be something of a health food — especially in higher amounts.”  I like coffee, especially in higher amounts (and really dark and stinky).  But how much is too much?

On the flip side, it’s clear that coffee isn’t for everyone. Its legendary jolt in excess doses — that is, more than whatever your individual body can tolerate — can increase nervousness, hand trembling, and cause rapid heartbeat. Coffee may also raise cholesterol levels in some people and may contribute to artery clogging. But most recent large studies show no significant adverse effects on most healthy people, although pregnant women, heart patients, and those at risk for osteoporosis may still be advised to limit or avoid coffee.

So, to find the proper dosage, you should drink coffee until you start to get nervous about your shaking hands, then back off a bit.  I’ll let you know if I ever manage to hit that benchmark.

We all like it when “Science” says we should do what we want.  It’s been oft-reported that red wine may be good for you.  But beer may be even better (this is the BBC – I’m sure they are talking about real beer and not the stuff they advertise here during football games.) Dark brews are even better at preventing heart disease and cancer (more xanthohumol.)

If beer is “yucky” then try dark chocolate.

I’m still waiting for the reports to come in on Twinkies and Ho-Ho’s.

The report for Kellogs Cocoa Krispies is already in.

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