Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Score one for my old favorite!

So maybe this is old news now – there was much more important news out there these last couple weeks, as we are all VERY painfully aware.

But still, I am very, very happy about this little bit of news.

“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.”

Oh yeah, baby.

And this: “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.”

AND: “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.”

For years, my tea-sipping friends have mocked my two-to-four cup a day coffee habit.

“You’re going to drop dead of a heart attack!” they’ve warned me.
“You should switch to {green, black, orange, purple-green checked} tea, it’s ever-so-much better for you – it’s positively loaded with antioxidants!” they’ve declared.
“Why don’t you just take up smoking again? I think it’s better for you than THAT stuff!” {nose in air, sniff-sniff}

So I hope you’ll forgive me a whoop of “in yer FACE!” and a small, caffeine-driven victory dance around my kitchen.

Tea: 294 milligrams of antioxidant.
Coffee: 1,299 milligrams.

HA! My coffee kicks butt over your {green, black, orange, purple-green checked} tea, nyah-nyah!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to brew up another batch of cancer-kicking, diabetes-beating antioxidants.

Oh, but I do just love science…

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