Coffee. It's what I drink daily instead of Tea, Sodas and other Beverages.
It's cheap, uplifting, tasty and hot. Imbibing hot liquids like Coffee or Tea
any time of day or night just comes naturally to people like Indians,
Chinese, Vietnamese and Asians in general. Countries often included in
lists of 'Third World' or 'Developing Nations' where the option to save money
means cutting back at the very basic level, food and drink. While many of
the nations mentioned now stand out as emerging economies of the world,
the old tastes and traditions remain in place regardlesss of world domination
by Coke, Pepsi, and more recently, Spring Water.
While all those drinks are household staples for the average consumer, the
worldwide beverage of choice to start the day remains Coffee. And in the maze
of drinks that have been analyzed in the wake of the Health and Fitness craze
post-Jane Fonda tapes and Olivia Newton-John's 'Let's Get Physical' ,
Caffeine has always been warned about. Then just as we all were newly-
enlightened by the latest findings from the New England Journal of Medicine
and the FDA along came more findings backed partly by the Coffee Growers
Association and their investors whose claims about the benefits of Coffee
were backed by their own research and propelled even greater debate.
Which brings us to today's Real Age Health Tip about Coffee and its place
in our diets :
'Good news for the 80 percent of Americans who down an average
of 3.2 cups of Java a day: Your liver loves it. And because the liver is
your body's vital detox center, that's a big health plus. It's not the
caffeine. Apparently, it's the antioxidants or other compounds in coffee
that keep your liver humming. So if you were just thinking you could
do with a cup of Joe, go for it.'