Monday, August 29, 2005

Drink More Coffee!

A study by University of Scranton researchers (presented at the current American Chemical Society meeting) has shown that "Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source." Why is this good? Antioxidants can help reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.

Of course the scientists don't claim that the high antioxidant levels in coffee necessarily translate into high antioxidant levels in the body, but it's encouraging.

Among other potential benefits of coffee:

- caffeinated coffee helps keep you awake and alert
- may help protect against type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's disease

Principal investigator Joe Vinson has also found antioxidants in chocolate and tea. (If you are in a technical mood, you can read one of his papers on the possible health benefits of cocoa powder and dark chocolate).

I always knew deep down I was following a health food diet; science just needed to catch up.

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