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The coffee controversy continues




For years health officials have reported the coffee culprit contributing to stress, raising blood pressure, even resulting in premature death for those who consume up to 6 cups or more.

Recently, Dr. Rob Van Dam, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition from the Harvard School of Public Health revealed findings that didn't link coffee to premature death. In a study that consisted of 130,000 healthy men and women in their 40's and 50's which followed the group over the course of their lives, the consumption of coffee neither affected their lives positively or negatively.

So what does all this mean? Good news for coffee lovers. The Journal of Pain reported two cups of coffee could cut post-workout pain by up to 48%.The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry report one cup of brewed coffee contributes 1.8 grams of fibre towards the recommended daily amount of 20-30 grams. The Archives of Internal Medicine suggest drinking 6 or more cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of type II diabetes and in a ten year study of 86,000 nurses, a reduced risk of suicide was found in those who consumed coffee. The European Journal of Neurology report coffee may lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's.

According to Women's Day Magazine, coffee may reduce risk of depression, increase fertility in men, help maintain a healthy weight, promote cardiovascular health, may help ward off skin cancer, and is actually not truly addictive.

According to the Caffeine Informer, the wonderful benefits of drinking coffee could  be attributed to the coffee bean itself which is well known for its high amounts of antioxidants, so much so that one cup of coffee has more anti-oxidants than those found in grape juice, blueberries, raspberries, and oranges.

One health tip that comes up quite often involves home coffee brewers and cleanliness. Apparently coffee brewers and pots are germ and bacteria magnets and vigilant cleaning is imperative to avoid illness.

As for most Canadians who can't imagine life without Tim Horton's coffee, rest assured, there is no evidence rumored nicotine is an ingredient. While the coffee debate continues, the use of sugars and creams is an aspect of coffee consumption not included in the benefits of contributing to one's health in a positive way.

As reports about coffee consumption seem to contradict each year, the age old expression most people remember parents and grandparents recommended about most things in life echoes into the future for modern day society to follow, “All good things in moderation,” is always good advice to adhere to. Of course, they may have been full of beans!

By Alex Sher

 
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