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March 19, 2015


Ok, I admit it: I love coffee.

I love the smell, I love the ritual of making it and I love that it wakes me up. I am notorious among my family and friends for drinking coffee all the time. So, full disclosure, part of the reason I wanted to write this story is to protect my own ego — and get everyone off my back when I go for my third cup in the afternoon.

Coffee is not the Evil III that Grand Proprietors of Health like to profess while they are making their organic, herbal tea. In fact, drinking three to five cups of coffee per day is actually good for your heart, according to a new report from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. That’s a report authored by a group of highly regarded scientists, with more letters after their names than in them, who assemble the latest scientific knowledge and present it to federal regulatory agencies.

Ah, the clouds part, the angels sing, and glory is forever mine!

But seriously, coffee is a controversial subject. Working class America is busy round-the-clock and we are always looking for ways to increase our productivity.

And so I add to the cacophony of how to be your best, most productive self by cheering a trip to the coffee room. The report says that there has been “consistent evidence” to indicate that coffee drinking adults tend to have lower risks of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Coffee drinking is also a buffer against Parkinson’s disease, according to the report.

To be fair, the report also says that excessive calories coming from cream and sugar that is usually put into coffee is never good. I like my coffee black, a smooth espresso over a green tea any day for me but every now and then I will add some creamer when I’m in the mood to have a cheat day. So, there you are, tea-drinkers with your puffed chests scoffing at the lowly coffee drinkers, you are free to scorn me for the cream in my coffee, but not the coffee itself.

Haters gonna hate. Now, stop yapping and someone join me on a Starbucks run.

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