Ahhh, coffee…

Finally, the research is out on coffee’s benefits. This statement in the article “Coffee’s Mysterious Benefits Mount” should be emphasized: “Coffee contains more than a thousand chemicals, some of which have antioxidant and antimutagenic activities,” Mia Hashibe, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Utah and the study’s lead researcher, told Life’s Little Mysteries.

Too often, we have portrayed fruits, vegetables, herbs and animal products to contain a simple composition of ingredients. We hear something is high in C, E, D, A, omega-3s, good fats, antioxidants, polyphenols… The reality is that plants have hundreds to thousands of chemical compounds in them which researchers have yet to figure out what they do in a human body. The chemistry going on between food and drink and our bodies is far more complex than media and advertising conveys. Often, the antioxidants in a food have unheard-of-names and offer more health benefits than the vitamin C the food contains.

This coffee study also demonstrates that in research you can get what you’re looking for. If they’re looking for health risks, they’ll emphasize the risks. If it’s health benefits, then the research will emphasize the benefits. I think the yahoo article shows a good balance of benefits and risks of coffee.


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