You know, it has seemed for years that we are told that some food or other is bad for you and later find that it is either not bad for you or is actually good. Needless to say, I pretty much ignore that kind of thing. I have a very simple philosophy about food. If I get it as nature produced it, it is probably good. That is why I have always eaten real butter and not margarine. It is why I prefer whole milk. Cows don’t produce low or non-fat milk for a reason. I eat as little processed foods as possible. Yes, I do cook my food, but I figure that if nature made it a certain way, that is how it is supposed to be.
So, the latest news is that researchers have found that older coffee drinkers are less likely to die than non-coffee drinkers. I have consumed coffee since I was a teenager when I discovered that roast coffee and chicory tasted really good. Chicory is another one of those herbs that is good for you. But, this is about coffee. The study, reported in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, looked at 400,000 older adults over a 14 year period. This is a very nice sample size for research and 14 years is plenty of time to examine correlations. Here is what they found:
Compared to people who do not drink coffee:
Women get more benefit than men above 2 cups a day. I fall into the 4 or 5 cups a day category. What about you?