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.