Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Yay! for coffee!

Here's another health study to file away in the "good news" department: Coffee is not so bad for you, after all. In fact, coffee consumption seems to have several possible health benefits, according to a recent story in The L.A. Times. Why the sudden turn-around? Because new studies separate the effects of coffee from those of cigarettes -- which old studies did not, because many coffee drinkers were also smokers. And we all know how harmful smoking is, right?

But take note that the study is talking about coffee, not just caffeine: "'Coffee is a complex beverage with hundreds, if not thousands, of bioactive ingredients,' said (researcher Terry Graham). 'A cup of coffee is 2% caffeine, 98% other stuff.'"

Coffee seems to be beneficial for those with conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cirrhosis, and Parkinson's, and it can even help improve your athletic performance. So go ahead, have that cuppa joe!

Of course, as with anything, you should consume coffee in moderation, because it does bring on negative side effects such as jitteriness and sleeplessness.

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