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Old 08-30-2005, 06:31 AM   #1
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Could Coffee Really Be Good For You?

I usually have just two cups (small mug, not like you get at a coffee place) a day, sometimes 3. I am addicted to it to wake up, I know that.

Java Joy: Study Touts Coffee's Benefits

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer Sun Aug 28

When the Ink Spots sang "I love the java jive and it loves me" in 1940, they could not have known how right they were. Coffee not only helps clear the mind and perk up the energy, it also provides more healthful antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the American diet, according to a study released Sunday.

Of course, too much coffee can make people jittery and even raise cholesterol levels, so food experts stress moderation.

The findings by Joe A. Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, give a healthy boost to the warming beverage.

"The point is, people are getting the most antioxidants from beverages, as opposed to what you might think," Vinson said in a telephone interview.

Antioxidants, which are thought to help battle cancer and provide other health benefits, are abundant in grains, tomatoes and many other fruits and vegetables.

Vinson said he was researching tea and cocoa and other foods and decided to study coffee, too.

His team analyzed the antioxidant content of more than 100 different food items, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, oils and common beverages. They then used Agriculture Department data on typical food consumption patterns to calculate how much antioxidant each food contributes to a person's diet.

They concluded that the average adult consumes 1,299 milligrams of antioxidants daily from coffee. The closest competitor was tea at 294 milligrams. Rounding out the top five sources were bananas, 76 milligrams; dry beans, 72 milligrams; and corn, 48 milligrams. According to the Agriculture Department, the typical adult American drinks 1.64 cups of coffee daily.

That does not mean coffee is a substitute for fruit and vegetables.

"Unfortunately, consumers are still not eating enough fruits and vegetables, which are better for you from an overall nutritional point of view due to their higher content of vitamins, minerals and fiber," Vinson said.

Dates, cranberries and red grapes are among the leading fruit sources of antioxidants, he said.

The antioxidants in coffee are known as polyphenols. Sometimes they are bound to a sugar molecule, which covers up the antioxidant group, Vinson said.

The first step in measuring them was to break that sugar link. He noted that chemicals in the stomach do the same thing, freeing the polyphenols.

"We think that antioxidants can be good for you in a number of ways," including affecting enzymes and genes, though more research is needed, Vinson said.

"If I say more coffee is better, then I would have to tell you to spread it out to keep the levels of antioxidants up," Vinson said. "We always talk about moderation in anything."

His findings were released in conjunction with the annual convention of the American Chemical Society in Washington.

In February, a team of Japanese researchers reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that people who drank coffee daily, or nearly every day, had half the liver cancer risk of those who never drank it. The protective effect occurred in people who drank one to two cups a day and increased at three to four cups.

Last year, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that drinking coffee cut the risk of developing the most common form of diabetes.

Men who drank more than six 8-ounce cups of caffeinated coffee per day lowered their risk of type 2 diabetes by about half, and women reduced their risk by nearly 30 percent, compared with people who did not drink coffee, according to the study in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Bonnie Liebman, nutrition director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said she was not surprised by Vinson's finding, because tea has been known to contain antioxidants.

But Liebman, who was not part of Vinson's research team, cautioned that while many people have faith that antioxidants will reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and more, the evidence has not always panned out. Most experts are looking beyond antioxidants to the combination of vitamins, minerals other nutrition in specific foods, she said.


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Neat. I work at starubcks...Im like an antioxidant doctor now

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if beer is proof that god loves us, as Benjamin Franklin said, then i think coffee is proof that god pities us.
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Dunkin Donuts is the best coffee ever

I like Paul Newman's too
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I think in honor of this article I'm going to get some right now.
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I don't like coffee. Hot chocolate on the other hand....
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This is good news for me as well because I LOVE coffee! I usually have two small cups a day.
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Originally posted by MCF74
This is good news for me as well because I LOVE coffee! I usually have two small cups a day.
Same here, it gets me through the morning cause I am so not a morning person...CREAM and SUGAR? No
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I don't drink it.

The hot mochas at Arabica on the other hand...

Let me put it this way: when I'm tired of having smooth skin, I drink a caffinated beverage that actually tastes decent.
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Tanzania coffee.
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Old 08-30-2005, 02:38 PM   #13
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I have enough antioxidants in my system that I don't need coffee. Besides, coffee also taxes your adrenal glands, and I hate it when they are stressed in me.

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America, as a whole, is obsessed with health. Everybody's always trying to find the definite truth about what's good for you and what's not. So, one day, coffee is bad for you, the next, it's good for you, then it's bad for a year, then it's good for a year again, etc. Eggs went back and forth too. But what we fail to realize is that the only definite truth lies in the fact that what is good for one person is not neccessarily good for another, and what is bad for one person is not neccessarily bad for another. If everybody's body was exactly the same, there could definite good/bad labelings for everything. But as we al know, everybody's body is different, no two bodies are exactly the same, and therefore, there just can't be such definites. Coffee might be good for you and bad for me, or vice versa.
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If America is obssessed with health, how does that explain your 50% obesity? I'm being serious. It seems if it isn't prepackaged into convenience, you guys aren't interested. I'll never forget the time a member on here made this revolting discovery of prepackaged and processed sliced peanut butter in her supermarket. All you did was slap it between 2 slices of bread! No need to spread. Anyway, that's a sidetrack and irrelevant. My country is not too far behind, anyway. I'm not criticising.

Some coffee facts though, for those who think this sump oil remover is a great idea!

*Coffee is an addictive drug. Like cocaine, caffeine is a stimulant of the central nervous system.

*It can cause or worsen health problems such as anxiety, tension headaches, migraines, PMS, insomnia, fibrocystic breasts, increased heart palpitations (cardiac arrhythmia), high blood pressure, seizure disorder, prostate problems, gastrointestinal and urinary disorders.

*Drinking coffee reduces the production of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep by 50% every 6 hours. This can interfere with restful sleep.

*Due to coffee's diuretic effects, the body will require more water to be drunk so as to replace lost fluids, otherwise when the body is dehydrated, the liver has to work harder.

*Decaffeinated coffee is not better than regular coffee. Both are acid-forming, i.e. each becomes pure acid in the body which not only burdens but irritates the stomach as well. When acid-forming food enters the stomach, the stomach has to go to heavy secretion of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid).

*Both regular coffee and decaffeinated coffee can cause hemorrhoids to flare up.

*Drinking coffee on an empty stomach increases the level of stomach acid and this can cause stomach pain almost instantly in sensitive individuals.

*According authors Harey and Marilyn Diamond of Fit for Life (Warner Bks, 1987), coffee consumed with food forces the food to leave the stomach prematurely and slows down the motility of the intestines. Undigested food in a slowly functioning intestinal tract is a major contributor to constipation.

*A cup of coffee takes 24 hours to pass through the kidneys and urinary tract.

*Coffee is known to have an adverse effect on the secretion of the female hormone estrogen. Estrogen is linked to healthy bone strength.

*Coffee used in enemas allows the caffeine to stimulate the liver and gallbladder to remove toxins, cleanse the colon of toxic bulid-up and open bile ducts.

*Coffee crops are not spared from pesticides and herbicides so that means coffee beans carry with them harmful chemicals.

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I'd think twice about joining the legions of latte drinking Proust psuedos who need coffee to even breathe.

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