Jul 31, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
It’s surprising when something that was once considered questionable for your health turns out to have health benefits, usually with the proviso to use it “in moderation.” That happened with chocolate and alcohol, and now it is coffee’s turn. Study findings from 2004 and 2005 suggest coffee might actually be good for us. However, coffee hasn’t been completely exonerated.
Coffee contains antioxidants that may offer some cardiovascular protection, and research is showing that it reduces the likelihood of developing diabetes, which is itself a major heart disease risk factor. But it also increases homocysteine levels and may have negative effects on the aorta. In general, when a risk factor has been carefully studied and the results flip back and forth like this, it often means that if there is any harm or benefit, it’s pretty minor.
Here’s some of the mostly good news about coffee.
Do you have any favorite LOCAL OWNED AND OPERATED coffee shops in your area?
I'll go first.
Cafe Abir at 1300 Fulton Street in the Western Addition/NOPA district of San Francisco.
Not only do they make great coffee, but they also have happy hour beer prices which are cheaper than coffee!!
Wicked Grounds at 289 8th Street in the SoMa/Folsom District of San Francisco.
When you ask for your cream whipped, you really get it whipped!