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Recent large and legitimate studies (not the kind paid for by rival beverage makers) in peer-reviewed publications, seem to show that coffee drinkers have a 64% LOWER risk of early death and about a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes amongst other ailments like liver disease, colorectal and other cancers and Alzheimer’s. I really would rather not have any of those things and I’ll bet you don’t either.
The health benefits are enough to make one tolerate the horror of Starbucks and its pricing and of course, I’d be snoring right now if it weren’t for the two cups of a wonderful Jamaican bean this morning. But here’s the rub: California, that wonderful and so very hip and holy state wants to force coffee shops to tell you it causes cancer because in huge doses there’s a chemical produced during roasting that seems to cause cancer in rodents.
All sorts of things cause illness in rodents that do not in humans. Chocolate and grapes and garlic can kill your dog. I am not a dog, except metaphorically, nor am I a rat. Many things are toxic in huge quantities but are beneficial in small amounts. Water for instance.
My mother used to say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Perhaps the sidewalks are paved with bad science as well. I’m waiting for some stable genius to notice that things that make you live longer may not be bad for you, but that may be too much to ask for in a world of warring do-gooders.
PS – the benefits are there with decaf too, so relax. Have another cup.