Fascinating article -- all the more so for its being completely apolitical. Thank you that. Constant derogation -- even if warranted -- is not only tiresome, it's insidious. I no longer have any doubt it aids and abets the onset of mental illness. I found this one item implausible if not downright preposterous:"[Coffee can] reduce cellulite. Expensive cellulite creams almost always have one major ingredient in common: caffeine, which supposedly enhances fat metabolism, reducing the appearance of these fatty pockets under the skin. To make your own coffee cellulite treatment at home, mix warm used coffee grounds with coconut oil and rub it onto your skin in circular motions for a few minutes before rinsing."I'd like to see scientific studies made with un-retouched photographic evidence that proves this assertion conclusively.I was amazed to see my father's long-ago story about "monkey coffee" [called CIVET coffee in the article] confirmed. I always assumed he was either joking or repeating someone else's "tall story." The idea of a beverage distilled from monkey feces still strikes me as repugnant in the extreme -- connoisseurs be damned.PS: I changed the text in order to eliminate the term "pricey," which I regard as a vulgar, highly undesirable neologism -- one of many small things that function as part of the deliberate coarsening and "ignorantization" of society. [I prefer my own neologism "ignorantization" to the common term "dumbing-down" which is a linguistic atrocity in itself.]VULGARIZATION is probably the most accurate legitimate word to describe the process, but I think "ignorantization" deserves to be incorporated as part of our standard vocabulary.PLEBEIAN is decidedly "IN" these days, while PATRICIAN -- tragically -- has been systemically phased out. The evidence supporting this claim is overwhelming and irrefutable.At any rate, I'm delighted to read so many good things about coffee. I'm on my third cup right now, and may have another before the morning is out.
FT,I try to do at least one apolitical blog post every week.Coffee can cause blood pressure to rise. On the other hand, coffee does seem to have several medicinal effects.I admit that I don't drink coffee in moderation. I drink too much! I didn't really need coffee until I was over the age of 45, however. The kind of teaching that I've always done requires a very high energy level, and the older I get, the more difficult it is to continue that energy level.
One of the health benefits of coffee is to substitute for soda drinks.Flavored water.
I very rarely drink soda -- now that I drink coffee. **smile**
We're on our second 14 cup pot of coffee. I do admit that it is half de-caf and half regular.As to the cellulite thingy? I'm with FT. If any benefit were to be gained it would be the massaging action with the crunchy coffee grounds. For one thing - how much caffeine is actually left after brewing?
Two pots of coffee down the hatch this morning, and I just brewed a few more cups a few minutes ago.As long as I don't drink coffee too close to my bedtime, I sleep just fine.
I don't know about all of the other benefits of coffee, but without my three large mugs of express-oground coffee first thing in the morning, I wouldn't be able to function.
Expresso makes me jittery and hyper. But I don't have those effects from other types of coffee.
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Interesting, Especially the recipe ideas.
Coffee, like chocolate, is versatile!
Let me start my comment with the documented assertion that 80% of observational studies are wrong. This includes medical studies. So, when reading about the health benefits of any particular substance, take the information with a large pinch of salt, of whih we now have conflicting studies as to the health effects.Coffee is so interesting in that we are all users of this drug containing beverage. Because of that, we will accept any study that finds benefits in the use of coffee, and we will pooh-pooh studies that go against our taste buds. My position is that we need to consider the primary drug in the beverage, and partake sensibly. A couple of cups per day doesn't seem to hurt anyone. However, too much caffeine does cause heart problems. For example, I can get over-caffeinated, resulting in scary heart palpitations. Too much coffee cause me to have stomach problems, too. I say all this while enjoying a fresh Keurig-brewed cup of Eight O'Clock coffee. Mmmmm...
Both my mother and my grandmother had cardiac problems from their youth. Mom wasn't affected at all by caffeine, but my grandmother was. Each of them had different cardiac problems -- my grandmother's heart issue being an arrhythmia. So far, I've escaped those kinds of cardiac issues, no matter how much or how little coffee I drink.
Coffee does affect my sleep.It's not the caffeine that keeps me up, it's the full bladder that wakes me up.
Tea does that to me!
Bob, after the civet discussion, please don't say: "and we will pooh-pooh studies".
Ed: Suggestion noted.
Makes me love coffee even more!!
Leticia,No kidding!Coffee is my favorite beverage!
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