If anyone has visited our ‘About’ page, you will see in my bio that I spent many years with one of the world’s largest specialty coffee purveyors. In all those years you cannot imagine how many coffee tastings I attended, conducted and supervised. That’s a lot of slurping, spitting (and sometimes swallowing), I can assure you. Even after all those daily coffee rituals I still enjoy my coffee. If I had to give it up, it would feel like a death in the family. Well, my ‘food’ family anyway.
So, you can imagine how happy I was to hear that a recent report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease in women (by about 30%), who had a moderate intake of coffee. Besides caffeine, coffee contains polyphenols. Polyphenols are those good compounds also found in red wine, which have been linked to a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular diseases in people who drink one to three glasses of red wine a day.
According to the National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Prevention, tea polyphenols have demonstrated several cancer preventive properties as well. In addition to antioxidant activity, these compounds may reduce abnormal cell growth and inflammation; help the body get rid of cancer-causing agents and restore communication between different cells in the body.
Additionally, the Iowa Women’s Study, found that up to 60 per cent of antioxidants in the diet may come from coffee. Yippee! Now, you’ll have to excuse me…I’m running out to get my double tall decaf soy latte, because a day without coffee is a day without…well, apparently, polyhpenols! Who knew?
If you’d like to find out more about this nectar of the God’s, check out www.starbucks.com. It’s a very educational, informative and user-friendly website.