Sunday, October 16, 2016

Give me a cup of coffee!

Give me a cup of coffee!

Most people love their morning cup of coffee and I am no exception, but it has to be a good quality of bean.  Folgers or Maxwell House just doesn't cut it for me.  Most of our parents or grandparents grew up drinking "percolated" sludge and most don't like the flavor of Starbucks type of coffees.  WTF!  While traveling for work, I bring my own "cold brew" or a french press to brew a great cup of java.

Just a few short decades ago quitting coffee was a requisite for adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle.  I am sure glad that recent studies have shown that there are many healthy benefits from daily consumption of coffee.  Last year, the Harvard Gazette reviewed a number studies and found that coffee is "a potentially powerful elixir" against a range of ailments from cancer to cavities.


The benefits seem to be:
*Overall Longevity (prevents heart disease)
*Cancer Prevention (including prostate, skin, liver and colon)
*Alzheimer/Parkinson Prevention
*Diabetes Prevention (you have to drink a lot of it)
*Liver Health (helps to prevent cirrhosis-cut out the alcohol!)
*Fighting Depression
*Oral Health (kills bacteria, leave out the sugar/creams)
*DNA Protection (stronger white blood cells)
*MS Prevention
*Muscle Soreness (2 cups reduces soreness by 50%)

Fun facts:
*Dark roasted beans have slightly less caffeine than lighter roasts.
*Arabica beans have a richer flavor then Robusta beans(which are used in less expensive coffees).
*The heaviest coffee consumption is in areas that are overcast, dreary and drizzly,
 like the Pacific Northwest.  
*Finland is the #1 coffee consumer in the world  (2.6 cups per day).
*9 out of the top 10 coffee consuming countries are in Europe, with Brazil at #10.

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For a great documentary on coffee check out: Modern Marvels; Coffee 

As usual Kris prepared a delicious dinner last night, which included veggie burgers from
 The Plantpower Way with sweet potato fries and "beet ketchup", followed with Chocolate Cream Pie from Chef Chloe's Vegan Desserts.  Kris puts her heart and soul into her cooking and I am blessed to be able to partake. We need to have a plant-powered food truck!

Have a great week.
Be kind.

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