The Unrepentant Individual

...just hanging around until Dec 21, 2012

August 29, 2005

Good news for the perpetually wired


I may be constantly wired, and then chronically fatigued, but at least I’m getting plenty of antioxidants.

The evidence comes from the United States, where scientists measured the antioxidant content of more than 100 items, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, oils and beverages.

Coffee emerged as easily the biggest source of antioxidants, taking account of the amount per serving and level of consumption. Black tea came second, followed by bananas, dry beans and corn.

“Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source – nothing else comes close,” said the leader of the study, Professor Joe Vinson, of Scranton University, Pennsylvania. Caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee appeared to provide similar antioxidant levels. The US findings probably reflect a similar trend in the UK, with 47 per cent of the population drinking about 70 million cups of coffee each day.

Antioxidants help to rid the body of harmful free radicals – destructive molecules that damage cells and DNA – and have been linked to a number of health benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancer.

Excellent. An excuse to drink coffee! Actually, it’s not like I need an excuse, as I drink a pot of coffee every day. It’s more of a rationalization. But I’ll take what I can get at this point.

Of course, a pot of coffee isn’t really extreme, according to the British Coffee Association:

A spokesman for the British Coffee Association said: “This study reconfirms the fact that moderate coffee consumption of four to five cups a day not only is perfectly safe but may confer health benefits.”

Who are you calling moderate?!

Hat Tip: Da Cheese

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  1. You think four to five cups is moderate?

    Comment by Lucy Stern — August 30, 2005 @ 9:57 am

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