Sunday, November 13, 2005

To Your Health

Time to cross coffee off the forbidden foods list:

Coffee lovers, raise your steaming mugs (careful now, don't spill) and say "Cheers!" Coffee may just be the most healthy beverage you can drink, at least if you're measuring "healthy" by its antioxidant punch. The Associated Press reports that researchers from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania have determined that coffee provides more healthful antioxidants--substances that are thought to fight cancer and heart disease--than any other food or beverage found in the typical American diet.

Now, if only they could find antioxidants in donuts...

UPDATE: My co-blogger Anna asked this question, in jest:

I wonder if that holds true for my cafe mocha?!

Could be:

Beyond the froth, cocoa teems with antioxidants that prevent cancer, Cornell University food scientists say. Comparing the chemical anti-cancer activity in beverages known to contain antioxidants, they have found that cocoa has nearly twice the antioxidants of red wine and up to three times those found in green tea.

But enough with the coffee! Now that I'm wide awake, it's time to get ready for football. And football means beer! And what do you know, there are antioxidants in beer, too:

When you're planning for that Super Bowl party next month, be sure to include a six-pack of your favorite antioxidants. That's right, antioxidants! Turns out that beer - in moderation, of course - is chock-full of healthy stuff that can reduce the risk of cataracts and heart disease, according to research presented here today at the 2000 International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies.

So chocolate and beer - in moderation - are healthy! What's that old line,

Candy is dandy
But liquor is quicker?

Have a good weekend, folks - or what's left of it. Monday is right around the corner!

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