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Coffees’ Superfood Status Confirmed

Coffees’ Superfood Status Confirmed

You heard it first here folks! Coffee is a superfood. By superfood I mean something that is so good for you that it is your best interest to include it in your diet.

Now thanks to Dr Rhonda Patrick I have confirmation that I was onto something there:

I have spoken glowingly about Rhonda Patrick before. The reason I respect her view so much is that there are few people as qualified as her in the field of anti aging and nutrition. As I research anti aging on the web in an effort to hold back age as long as possible, I find a lot of rubbish dressed up as fact.

I like what I write on this blog to be as correct as I can make it. It is embarrassing for me to make a claim about the validity of a certain course of action, only to find it has been debunked. Now people may make claims that contradict what Rhonda Patrick says, but I’d like to wager that they would be wrong. Rhetoric doesn’t stand up to scientific scrutiny.

So, onto coffee. Firstly, that figure – 64% lower risk of all cause mortality. I really can’t say much more than that. It says.. drink coffee.

However, I would like to say that (for those who don’t click on the link to science daily article) that the consumption of coffee is dose dependent. So that for every two extra cups the risk of mortality lowered by 22%.

I would also like to point out that this was a big study – 20,000 people. This means that the  findings are fairly robust.

Now, the thing is, there are limits to this. I have read before that having more than 6 cups of coffee a day increases the risk of depression. It’s like most things. More is not better. You can even eat a toxic level of broccoli!

One thing though, the current findings are in complete contrast to what I was led to believe growing up. I think most people reading this would have been given the same message – try to limit coffee consumption as much as possible because it’s not good for you.

The truth is the complete opposite. It’s not just good for you, it’s actually fantastic for you. This is no different to the growing list of of truisms that are supposed to tell you what’s good for and are actually not.. for example don’t eat more than 3 eggs a week (the mighty egg), breakfast is the most important meal of the day (time restricted eating) and even the heretical – don’t go out in the sun without sunscreen (Vitamin D).

A quick caveat on that last one.. sunscreen is essential in Australian conditions and sun over exposure is known to cause cancer. However, 15 minutes a day of sun without sunscreen is necessary to get adequate vitamin D (either that or supplement, especially during winter).

But this is all a minor digression, used to illustrate that as time goes by, the conventional wisdom as we have known it for the past 50 years, isn’t quite as wise as we have come to believe. When it comes to coffee, if you were trying to cut back, I hope this article gives you a good reason to stop that – just go easy on the sugar.

 

 

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Shaun

A guy obsessed with stripping down whatever field he studies to get the optimum return from effort expended. Sort of like Tim Ferriss, except with zero fame.

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