Face it, don't fight it: You Love Coffee

Author: Rob   Date Posted:19 June 2014 

Why do so many people say "I should drink less coffee" while they're enjoying a coffee with friends. Sometimes, the friend sagely nods in agreement as she sips her cappuccino. Why do people say that? Is there any real reason why you should drink less?

Theoretically, it may be possible to drink too much coffee, but most of us have it at regular intervals throughout the day and know enough to avoid coffee at night unless we plan on staying up late. It seems that the "too much coffee" theory is based on myth rather than fact. Two prevalent myths may be the source of coffee's bad rap in some circles:

  1. Coffee and cigarettes used to be lumped together as "bad habits." While it's true that cigarette smokers are also usually coffee lovers, it's also true that millions more non-smokers love coffee than smokers.
  2. "If it tastes good, it has to be bad for you" is another common myth. Surely a beverage that tastes so good can't also be good for you -- or can it?

Coffee is Good for You
We covered this subject before in Coffee: the Natural Medicine, but it's worth repeating: coffee is good for you. If that blog wasn't enough to convince you, consider this:

  • Science Daily reports that a cup of coffee a day may keep retinal damage away. Coffee contains 1% caffeine, but 7-9% chlorogenic acid (CLA), an antioxidant that has been shown to prevent retinal degeneration in mice. The article goes on to note that previous studies "have shown that coffee also cuts the risk of such chronic diseases as Parkinson's, prostate cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and age-related cognitive declines."
  • An article in Huffpost Taste cites 11 reasons why you should drink coffee every day. We covered some of the reasons in our previous blog, but it's worth noting that while other foods provide immune system boosting antioxidants, "the human body seems to absorb the most [antioxidants] from coffee." Fruits and vegetables that contain high levels of antioxidants are often called "superfoods," so it looks like we can put coffee at the top of the list of superfoods.
  • Fox News reports that increasing daily coffee consumption may protect against type 2 diabetes. Note that the title says "increasing daily coffee consumption," not "you should drink less coffee."

Okay, there might be one reason to keep saying, "I should drink less coffee." We all seem to like our little "guilty pleasures"; those things we do that are relatively harmless, but mildly forbidden. Maybe if we all started thinking of coffee as medicine instead of one of those guilty pleasures, we wouldn't drink so much of it. That would be bad for our health and rob us of one of our healthiest habits.
On second thought, that's not such a good idea. Why not face it and embrace it: you love coffee and don't need to feel guilty about it because coffee is good for you. Now, don't you feel better already? 

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