November 12, 2004, Newsletter Issue #27: Coffee is Good for You

Tip of the Week


Here are the opening lines from a recent article in Canada`s Vancouver Sun:

"When coffee first came to Europe from Constantinople in 1615, Viennese priests warned it was "the drink of infidels." The warnings in recent times have come from scientists, pseudo-scientists, and governments.

For most of the last half century, coffee was a health pariah, suspected of causing everything from breast, colon and pancreatic cancer to heart disease, infertility and birth defects. To get to the bottom of often wild speculation based on the flimsiest of evidence, the medical world swung into action in the 1980s and 1990s, with many of the world`s leading scientists and research bodies investigating coffee`s effects on health.

Today, some 19,000 studies later, it is clear that most past concerns didn`t amount to a hill of beans. The great preponderance of evidence has lain to rest virtually all coffee-related health concerns."

Unfortunately, the Vancouver Sun doesn`t seem to have made the full article available online. But the latest studies indicate that not only is coffee a terrific anti-oxidant, but also protects against heart disease.

Next thing we know, coffee will be pitched as a health drink. Sounds good to me!

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