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Coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills — from the humorous “It will stunt your growth” to the not-so-humorous claim that it causes heart disease and cancer. But recent research indicates that coffee may not be so bad after all. So which is it — good or bad? The best answer may be that, for most people, the health benefits outweigh the risks.

For true coffee connoisseurs, the day doesn’t get started until that first cup of joe. And when the afternoon slump occurs, there’s no better pick-me-up.

The average American downed 416 8-ounce cups of coffee in 2009 (by the World Resources Institute’s estimates), and you might want to know what all that java is doing for you, or to you.

- you won’t break your calorie budget on coffee — until you start adding the trimmings!

- after years of hand-wringing, scientists are admitting that coffee poses very little risk for most people, and may make us smarter

- coffee is a rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants

- coffee also contains minerals such as magnesium and chromium, which help the body use the hormone insulin, which controls blood sugar

- There have been studies which has contributed the decreased risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease to coffee drinking

- Coffee may help fight depression

- Numerous studies have suggested that caffeine helps the liver regulate itself

My conclusion is that the health benefits of drinking coffee offer a guilt free experience!

  1. 13th June 2013 – FEATURED in The Art of Still Life
  2. 7th August 2013 – FEATURED in All Things Coffee

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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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