Coffee Slides Into the “Good For You” Column

Coffee asserts itself as a power food. Sip away.

The studies have been piling up lately: coffee is back in the healthy living column.

A recent article on Boston.com talks about a study where a regular cup of Joe lowers stroke risk.  It states …

In recent years, coffee drinkers have been found to have a reduced risk of gallstones, colon cancer, liver disease, and Parkinson’s. Long-distance athletes also have increased endurance if they drink coffee before a race.

I did a little more research and found some fun “coffee geek” facts.  Over 50% of Americans are coffee drinkers (it’s 63% in Canada).  Some historians say Americans embraced coffee because we rejected British tea and taxes as colonists.

So move over green tea, white tea, rooibos, pomegranate juice, etc.  Dust off the coffee maker and enjoy your cuppa guilt free.  You can even feel slightly superior that you “knew it” all along.  Just make sure you’re not loading your java with sugar, syrups, creams, and the like.

While we’re doing the happy dance that coffee is back, may I suggest switching over to organic, fair-trade coffee?  It costs a little bit more but you’ll know your coffee came from a good place, supportive of both the earth and the people who live on it.

Are you a coffee drinker?  Do you load up your morning jolt with lots of sugar-y sweetness? Did you switch to tea because you thought it was healthier for you?  Would you go back to coffee now?  Or do you think this is all just bunk and we should be caffeine-free anyway?

Remember as a caveat, this is always subject to change.  They could take our coffee away again with some other study.  It’s always best to go with the fail safe … all things in moderation.

Cheers,

Lisa

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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3 Responses to Coffee Slides Into the “Good For You” Column

  1. Uttoran Sen March 19, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    I start my day, not with coffee or tea, but with a glass of plain drinking water and am pretty sure no study can prove anything bad in it. I like doing that, it makes me feel a lot fresh.

    I do confess that in the winter season i drink coffee sometimes, in moderation as you put it, and it might load me in cafene a bit, and thanks to your post, perhaps will keep me those diseases free, hopefully.

    The bottom line, if things are kept in moderation, it will always be about what you want to drink rather what you should.

  2. Lisa Johnson March 19, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Uttoran, thanks for the comments, I know what you mean …

  3. Rachel @RunningRachel April 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    Woot! I am super excited to read this article stating that coffee is GOOD for you! I have heard so many conflicting reports about coffee. I am a coffee drinker (since becoming a mom) and wouldn’t have it any other way. :)

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