Coffee lovers of the world, REJOICE!

There is great news for those of us who must have a morning jolt and an afternoon pick-me-up of coffee.  A study at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania has concluded that coffee the much maligned beverage of choice for 54% of the US population every day – is an excellent source of antioxidants.  (And the antioxidants don’t discriminate between decaf or regular.)  The study revealed that coffee is, in fact, the number one source of antioxidants in the North American diet.  Antioxidants are believed to reduce cell damage and help fight various forms of cancer, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.  Although there are several other rich sources of antioxidants, such as tea, dates, tomatoes, bananas, grains, cranberries and red grapes, none provide the level of antioxidants in one serving that coffee does in just one cup.  As in nearly everything, moderation is the key.  Consuming a pot of coffee in the morning and another in the afternoon is not recommended.  More is not better.  Now, if someone would discover that cookies dunked in coffee increase the absorption rate of the antioxidants, that would be the icing on the cake. (If you’d like to grow your own coffee, here’s a chance.)

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