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    Coffee is healthier than you think - SMH

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    Coffee is healthier than you think
    September 26, 2005 - 4:00PM - smh.com.au

    Coffee probably contributes many more healthy antioxidants to your diet than fruit and vegetables, according to US scientists.

    They measured the antioxidant content of more than 100 different foods including vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, oils and beverages.

    The findings were then combined with data from the US Department of Agriculture on each items contribution to the average Americans diet.

    Coffee was the biggest source of antioxidants per serving and level of consumption.

    It was followed by black tea, bananas, dry beans and corn.

    "Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source - nothing else comes close," said the head researcher Joe Vinson, of Scranton University in Pennsylvania.

    Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee appeared to provide similar antioxidant levels.

    Antioxidants help rid the body of harmful free radicals, destructive molecules that damage cells and DNA.

    They have been linked to a number of health benefits including protection against heart disease and cancer.

    Studies have associated coffee drinking with a reduced risk of liver and colon cancer, type two diabetes and Parkinsons disease.

    But Professor Vinson urged moderation and said people should drink only one or two cups of coffee a day.

    It was important not to ignore the benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables.

    "Unfortunately, consumers are still not eating enough fruits and vegetables, which are better for you from an overall nutritional point of view due to their higher content of vitamins, minerals and fibre," said Professor Vinson when presenting the findings at the American Chemical Societys annual meeting in Washington.

    Research showed that, compared with other foods, dates were the richest source of antioxidants.

    But as Americans eat few dates, they only contributed a small amount of antioxidants to the average persons diet.

    Cranberries and red grapes also had high levels of antioxidants.

    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."



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    Mmm coffee,
    I knew there was a reason I drank it, not just for the taste, but the health benefits as well. ;)
    This of course will be countered with a story that coffee, along with everything else that we eat and drink, will give you some form of cancer. *::)
    All the best,
    Steve.

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    Re: Coffee is healthier than you think - SMH

    Lovey:

    The highest risk factor for cancer is life itself as the chance of getting cancer increases markedly with age.

    The obvious way to avoid dying of cancer is to die young from some other cause.

    Grant



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