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Is There Any Reason Not to Drink Coffee?

Remember when coffee was bad for you? When cutting down on coffee, and particularly caffeine intake, was the best thing you could do for your nerves and your overall health? There used to be a time when coffee was largely seen as a vice, a nasty ritual that spoiled your breath and stained your teeth, and a habitual expressway toward sleeplessness, nervous disorders, gastrointestinal stress and poor health. So much has changed in a few decades, or years. As coffee consumption has become more expensive, more desirable, and more boutique, it has also become more acceptable, if not robustly healthy. This 180 reminds me of Woody Allen’s 1973 film Sleeper, where he wakes up in the future to realize that everything that was deemed bad for you in the 20th century is now considered health food (see video above).

Whether it is a PR conspiracy or an actual awakening to the many virtues of coffee, medical reports, as well as the press, have been singing the praises of moderate (and even not so moderate) coffee consumption for a while now. Moderate coffee consumption has been attributed to warding off type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, as well as certain forms of cancer as well as Alzheimer’s. In addition, coffee is credited as antioxidant rich, a metabolism booster, and a stimulant strong enough to improve both physical and mental function. NPR reported last week that the caffeine in coffee is akin to a “miracle drug” for the fatigued and tired. As a daily coffee drinker, this is received as good news in my household, and provides the much needed justification/rationalization to spend upwards of $16 per lb on premium, shade-grown, organic coffee.

Where do you stand on coffee consumption? Are you skeptical of all the cheers and exaltations singing coffee’s many praises, or is it a miracle substance that has finally gotten its due?

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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6:11PM PDT on Jun 11, 2013


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4:17AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

I love coffee, but after severe kidney stones, I was told the coffee was the culprit along with anything brown which contains oxcilates. So no chocolate either. I switched to green tea for several years and low and behold I had a batch of worse kidney stones. Then I was told the green tea was worse than the coffee. Now I drink only water and try to drik as much as I can. I think I'll die if I have to go thru kidney stone surgery again!!!!

11:40PM PDT on May 29, 2013

I am addicted to hazelnut ice coffee is driving me nuts

11:39PM PDT on May 29, 2013

I love drinking ice coffee all day ;)))

11:39PM PDT on May 29, 2013

Ice Coffee always !!

1:13AM PDT on May 25, 2013

I love to have a big cup of coffee in the morning. And with a piece of good cake :)

1:09AM PDT on May 25, 2013

Love a good cup of coffee .

11:00PM PDT on May 22, 2013

I love coffee , thanks .

5:48AM PDT on May 20, 2013

I think I will get another cup of coffee. I drink Percol coffee because not only is it fair trade coffee, but they also give money to help women & children in developing countries; so you get a good cup of coffee & a good vibe too :-)

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