Wednesday, October 14, 2009

"Everybody should believe in something. I believe I'll have another coffee."

Today's lecture (talk of Starbucks) reminded me of this:

Next time you're up late (say, conducting design-related research?), don't reach for a chai tea latte (Eeewwwwwww)...

Coffee might actually be good for you!

Coffee contains Trigonelline (gives coffee its appealing aroma), which has been shown to fight cavities.

It is also full of disease fighting anti-oxidants; more so than blue berries and broccoli.

Consuming 2 cups of coffee a day can:

-cut colon cancer risk by 25%
-cut gallstones risk by 50%
-cut risk of cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson's disease by 80%

Heavy coffee consumption [6 or more cups a day] can:

-lower mens risk of Type Two diabetes by 54%
-lower womens risk of Type Two diabetes by 30%

Problem is, scientists are not certain what derivative of caffeine or coffee reduces your risk of disease (reason why it may not be recommended as a form of disease prevention).

Preparing coffee in certain ways can actually make it worse for you. French Press or Scandinavian style (boiled coffee beans) can affect/raise LDF cholesterol (IE. bad cholesterol).




  1. This post will have made everyone from Harry's 2K01 smile.

  2. I had to hold my tongue in class when talking about Starbucks. Having worked for them for 2 years, their crazy changes in business direction & mission statement make their employees more frustrated than anyone.

  3. pffffff Tea is so much better for you!! Says what I can recall from Botany in first year U of T. And that's all that matters to me, oh and tea tastes much better, that matters. Pish posh!

  4. Haha, I'm just starting to get into green tea after watching a special on Super Humans (Discovery Channel). Think I mentioned it before, but one of the individuals on the show was beginning to lengthen his life by adding a copious amount of green tea to his daily routine (upon numerous other things... such as hundreds of vitamin pills etc.)

    But Chai tea?? GROSS! My friend in Croatia got into that stuff and tried to get me drinking it when he was home for the summer. It tastes like potpouri!! (don't ask me how I know what that tastes like......)

  5. Not chai tea, Kurt, manly tea, like english breakfast, duh.


  6. Tim has apparently been using my account to make posts.


  7. Yes wouldn't we all want to see Kurt having afternoon tea with the ladies...eating their little sandwiches and crumpets.