Coffee: The New Health Food?
Plenty of health benefits are brewing in
America's beloved beverage.
Want a drug that could lower your risk of
diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and colon cancer? That could lift your mood and
treat headaches? That could lower your risk of cavities?
If it sounds too good to be true, think again.
Coffee, the much maligned but undoubtedly beloved
beverage, just made headlines for possibly cutting the risk of the latest
disease epidemic, type 2 diabetes. And the real news seems to be that the more
you drink, the better.
Reducing Disease Risk
After analyzing data on 126,000 people for as
long as 18 years, Harvard researchers calculate that compared with not partaking
in America's favorite morning drink, downing one to three cups of caffeinated
coffee daily can reduce diabetes risk by single digits. But having six cups or
more each day slashed men's risk by 54% and women's by 30% over java avoiders.
Though the scientists give the customary "more
research is needed" before they recommend you do overtime at Starbuck's to
specifically prevent diabetes, their findings are very similar to those in a
less-publicized Dutch study. And perhaps more importantly, it's the latest of
hundreds of studies suggesting that coffee may be something of a health food --
especially in higher amounts.