There just isn’t very much evidence to suggest that drinking coffee is bad for your health.
In fact, depending on what you’re measuring, there may be more potential health benefits to drinking coffee than hazards.
On the downside, there’s no question that coffee is not well tolerated by all – sleep disruptions, agitation and increased stress levels may be some unpleasant effects. Coffee can also interfere with appetite and take the place of other important nutrients in the diet – like any other overused/abused food or beverage.
But in terms of effects on mortality and other critical health markers, the evidence may surprise. There is a good body of research to suggest that coffee consumption may protect against a host of diseases, including: type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, and liver cirrhosis. Studies have also linked coffee intake to a slightly lower risk of cardiovascular disease and more recently, to its protective effects against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Pretty impressive stuff.
While I’m not interested in championing coffee nor suggesting that anyone embrace coffee consumption as the focus of their health and wellness regimen, I do think a reframing of our understanding of this beverage and its effect on our health may be warranted. Coffee consumption has long been perceived as a bad habit (right up there with cigarettes), yet I’m not sure the evidence supports that characterization.
More studies are needed but I’m excited about the collection of evidence that would appear to open the door to possibilities for the prevention and/or postponing of illness. Something we should all be watching for in the future.
I have labelled this a breakfast cake but I’m pretty certain it would be well received at any time of day!
15 or so dried apricots
12 or so fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
1 cup whole grain spelt flour
1/2 cup whole grain oatmeal
1/4 cup whole grain medium grind cornmeal
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
- 4 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp ground fresh ginger
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp orange zest
- 2 eggs, gently whisked
- 1/2 tsp confectioners sugar to finish
|left-handed with weight while balancing camera
in right hand without tripod… do not try this at home