Is Coffee Good for You - Surprising News

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a good cup of coffee -- image credit: Acik | Dreamstime.com

Ah, the pleasures of drinking coffee.

Wake up in the morning and enjoy the fresh aroma of brewing coffee. Sit down at the breakfast table with a steaming cup of coffee and ruminate over the morning news. Sip your coffee slowly and enjoy its exotic aroma and its mildly biting taste.

Stop into a nearly Starbucks or your favorite coffee shop and choose among a seemingly infinite variation of coffees and coffee treats on display. Enjoy conversation with friends and colleagues over a good cup of coffee.

Take a break from work on the job or at home and enjoy a cup of hot coffee.

For many people, these are surely among the pleasures of daily living.

Is coffee good for you?

Caffeine in coffee is a stimulant. It causes your heart to beat a little faster. Many people can't sleep after an evening cup of coffee. Caffeine dependency and withdrawal may be problems. We've all heard that too much coffee is bad for you. But how much is too much

Every now and then there are news reports of a new study that examined the effects of coffee. It's as if these studies are looking for possible ill effects of coffee on human health. More often than not, they found no conclusive evidence of bad effects of drinking coffee in moderation.

Coffee is good for you

Coffee drinkers take heart! Many of the studies actually found positive health effects of drinking coffee.

Eatingwell.com reports "recent news (in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry) that the drink contains soluble fiber, the type that can help lower cholesterol. With about 1 gram per cup, coffee’s fiber impact is modest. But the report is the latest in a growing stream of positive news about coffee."

There is more good news about coffee – It can help lower cholesterol, can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, may lower the risk of heart disease, and has more antioxidants per serving than blueberries. It may reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease, gallstones, cirrhosis and liver cancer, and more.

Even more good news -- A study on the relationship between caffeine and cataracts presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology reported that caffeine may help prevent a cataract formation.

And that's not all -- BBC News reported on 17 May 2011 that in new study of 48,000 men that "Coffee has been linked to a reduced risk of dying from prostrate cancer."

A study published May 16, 2012 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that coffee drinkers are less likely than non-coffee drinkers to die from a number of health problems -- including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, accidents and infections. In that study of 400,000 adults aged 50 to 71, coffee drinkers (who drank 4 or more cups a day) had a 10% lower risk of death than the non-coffee drinkers. However, whether the lower death rate was caused by coffee drinking was not determined. Nevertheless, this is more good news for coffee drinkers.

Wikipedia describes the beneficial effects of drinking coffee as well as risks. It's under the title: Health Effects of Coffee.

Bottom line – drinking coffee in moderation isn't bad for healthy adults and may have long lasting health benefits.

Old time coffee favorites

Eight O'Clock Coffee is an old time favorite of many coffee drinkers today.

"I've been drinking Eight O' Clock Coffee for quite a while now, and it never disappoints. 8:00 is easily one of the smoothest and best tasting coffees that I have ever had. Its blend of Arabica beans is never bitter and always brews up a quality pot. Rich color, good smell, and dependable flavor provide for one of the best coffee bargains around." M Jandrok

Maxwell House Coffee is another old time favorite,

"My husband is a big coffee drinker, and with a deal like this I can order ahead and never have to worry about running out." B Henry


Starbucks delivered to your home

Now you can enjoy Starbucks at home as well as in your convenient Starbucks coffee cafe.

"The house blend has a well-balanced taste that goes well with the frothed milk in the cappuccino and makes quite enjoyable espressos too." A Dent

"I now almost exclusively drink Starbucks Columbian. Taste is full, bright, rich, fresh, not bitter. Excellent coffee. Grind your own for best flavor." Originalamazonoid

Folgers - another long time favorite

Enjoy Folgers in a variety of blends.

"I've been drinking this (Folgers Special Roast Ground Coffee) regularly for several months, and the coffee tastes excellent for being neither Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks." T Truman

". . . there's nothing better in the morning than waking up to the rich aroma of Folgers Classic Roast brewing in the coffee maker." D Mikels

"This coffee (Folgers Gourmet Selections Coffee, Hazelnut Creme Ground Coffee). . . tastes amazing! I love the fragrance that it leaves behind in the house while brewing! The flavor is very robust--drinking it straight is a treat, but mixed with creme and/or sugar was really good too!" A Khalid

Tassimo single-serve beverages -- one cup at a time

With the touch of a button, this single-serve coffee brewer makes coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, as well as cappuccinos and lattes with real milk.

The machine uses Tassimo discs (T-Discs), which contain precisely measured amounts of the ingredients for each drink and are sealed to protect the flavors inside.

With barcode technology, the brewer scans the barcode printed on the label of each T-Disc to identify the drink desired. The system then expertly adjusts to the optimal brewing time, temperature, and amount of water needed.

Forty beverage types in 12 brands are available in T-Discs -- including Starbucks.

Italian coffee

I received a comment from fellow hubber, Helen (see below) about how good Italian coffee tastes.

I checked around and found that a variety of Italian coffees are available from Amazon. Look over these Italian coffee products. I plan to try some.

Thanks, Helen, for your comment.

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What is your favorite coffee? 6 comments

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johneee 6 years ago from San Jose, CA

I like to believe this since I love coffee so much!


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John Dove 6 years ago Author

Hi Johnee -- You and I are kindred spirits -- we both enjoy a good cup of coffee. John


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Helen Bolam 6 years ago from South Shields

A good cup of Italian coffee definately the best. After a recent trip to Florence, that quality of coffee is hard to come by.


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John Dove 6 years ago Author

Hi Helen -- Thanks for your suggestion. I added links above to several Italian coffee products. Do you have a favorite?


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Helen Bolam 5 years ago from South Shields

I like coffee with or without milk. Mostly drink Douwe Egberts which I think is Dutch and Taylors of Harrogate a local blend. But nothing tastes better than real Italian coffee.


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John Dove 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Helen --

Taylors of Harrogate -- Ah, the pleasure of tea and coffee in Harrogate, England.

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