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Coffee is a nutrient

by | 1st, December 2012

IS coffee good for you? The Daily Mail considers the theory with headlines like:

Drinking three cups of coffee a day ‘shrinks women’s breasts

Countdown to danger… or the terrifying speed at which cake, coffee and other treats harm your body

Tummy troubles? It could be too much coffee, a slipped disc… or even diabetes

Lindsay Abrams takes a view based on something more than fear-mongering:

Officially, the American Medical Association recommends conservatively that “moderate tea or coffee drinking likely has no negative effect on health, as long as you live an otherwise healthy lifestyle.” That is a lackluster endorsement in light of so much recent glowing research. Not only have most of coffee’s purported ill effects been disproven — the most recent review fails to link it the development of hypertension — but we have so, so much information about its benefits. We believe they extend from preventing Alzheimer’s disease to protecting the liver. What we know goes beyond small-scale studies or limited observations. The past couple of years have seen findings, that, taken together, suggest that we should embrace coffee for reasons beyond the benefits of caffeine, and that we might go so far as to consider it a nutrient.

Costa Coffee on the NHS?


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