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Coffee: Good for You!

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The New York Times has a very comprehensive look at coffee and the old question of whether its really good for you. I read through the article and struggled to find something negative about it, other than the “gut-rot” (stomach ache) that is sometimes associated with it.

Used under a Creative Commons License. "colorful coffee composition" by once and future (via Flickr).

Used under a Creative Commons License. "colorful coffee composition" by once and future (via Flickr).

That said, I’m a huge coffee drinker–black and unadulterated–so below are the good highlights.

Coffee doesn’t:

  • dehydrate you
  • contribute to heart disease
  • contribute to the development of hypertension (high blood pressure), but colas do
  • contribute to cancer development
  • cause bone loss (and with some cream/milk, it helps prevent it)

Coffee does:

  • improve athletic performance
  • improve memory and the completion of complex tasks (like driving to/from work in the wee hours)
  • lowers the risk of Parkinson’s disease
  • lowers the risk of the onset of Type 2 Diabetes

In otherwords, weighing a stomach ache along side these positives, you should suck down that coffee–no matter how bitter.


Written by walonline

August 5, 2008 at 9:42 pm

Posted in Life

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  1. Coffee also helps asthma. If you are having an attack, instead of holding on to the inhaler, if you can just gulp down a hot mug of coffee… trust me, it will help you a lot. The scientific reason is caffeine contains theophylline which is a known medication for asthma; the warmth of hot coffee also makes air flow through the bronchial tubes a lot easier.


    August 6, 2008 at 2:37 am

  2. Indeed. Just don’t drink too much when its really hot–McDonald’s hot. I don’t think that would do anyone any good.

    Theophyline (wikipedia)


    August 6, 2008 at 8:32 am

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