Monday, August 29, 2005

Coffee: The New Health Food!

According to a new study by the University of Scranton, a cup of coffee beats fruits and vegetables as a primary source of antioxidants. That's right. Coffee may not be that bad for you after all, which means I can continue to use coffee to down my morning vitamins ... and do so guilt free! Here is a quote from the NewIndPress article:
The study by University of Scranton states that coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in American diet, and both caffeinated and decaf versions appear to provide similar antioxidant levels. "Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close," said study's lead researcher Dr. Joe Vinson, adding that high antioxidant levels in foods and beverages don't necessarily translate into levels found in the body.
The article also points out that (a) consumers are not eating enough fruits and vegetables, which are still better than coffee in overall nutrition; (b) coffee should still be consumed in moderation, otherwise it will make you jittery and can cause stomach problems; and (c) of all the foods surveyed in the study -- over 100! -- dates actually have the most antioxidants per serving size. If you are curious about antioxidants and coffee, check out the following links: Dr. Joe Vinson is certainly interested in coffee -- and tea, and cocoa. Just do a Google search on his name in combination with coffee, tea, and/or cocoa and see what turns up. For example.

1 comment:

Lara said...

This is wonderful news!