When the Ink Spots sang “I love the java jive and it loves me” in 1940, they could not have known how right they were!
Coffee not only helps clear the mind and perk up the energy, it also provides more healthful antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the American diet, according to a study released Sunday.
Of course, too much coffee can make people jittery and even raise cholesterol levels, so food experts stress moderation.
The findings by Joe A. Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, give a healthy boost to the warming beverage.
“The point is, people are getting the most antioxidants from beverages, as opposed to what you might think,” Vinson said in a telephone interview.
Antioxidants, which are thought to help battle cancer and provide other health benefits, are abundant in grains, tomatoes and many other fruits and vegetables.
Vinson said he was researching tea and cocoa and other foods and decided to study coffee, too.
His team analyzed the antioxidant content of more than 100 different food items, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, oils and common beverages. They then used Agriculture Department data on typical food consumption patterns to calculate how much antioxidant each food contributes to a person’s diet.
They concluded that the average adult consumes 1,299 milligrams of antioxidants daily from coffee. The closest competitor was tea at 294 milligrams. Rounding out the top five sources were bananas, 76 milligrams; dry beans, 72 milligrams; and corn, 48 milligrams. According to the Agriculture Department, the typical adult American drinks 1.64 cups of coffee daily.
That does not mean coffee is a substitute for 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 fiber,” Vinson said.
The proof is in the Scan
There is a machine called a Biophotonic Scanner that was put out by a company called Pharmanex. This company has the right ideas, keeping folks younger longer by addressing the genes that start to fade as we age. This new technology has recently made a break through in the health care industry. About 6 months ago I had my first scan using the biophotonic scanner and my score was disgraceful coming in as an “F” according tot he technician tending the machine. It was mentioned to me that there was a great new supplement on the market that could raise my scan score guaranteed. Started taking it and it raised my score, meaning I now have more anti oxidants in my body. But the kicker is, since I started drinking more coffee my score rose even more. Not only does coffee make me human in the am, it is an incredible anti oxidant! Yea coffee!!!! finally something that good for you.