Good For You! (Unless It’s Bad…)

Coffee

“You’ve already had a cup of coffee today.  You can’t have any more.”  I can’t be the only one whose parents have admonished her to stay away from too much coffee, but now scientists are telling us that coffee is good for us, and that we have every right to enjoy it. At the same time they remind us of possible side effects, which might outweigh the benefits.  It’s a fantastic source of antioxidants, but a potential cause of palpitations?  It can prevent heart disease, but lead to headaches and insomnia? It might protect us from certain cancers, but irritate our stomachs?  Then scientists go ahead and mention that coffee could help prevent Parkinson’s, depression, and all sorts of ailments.  In any case, call me an addict, but it makes my headaches go away, rather than triggering them.

So which is it?  Should I splurge even more on Starbucks, now able to call it medicinal?  Or should I continue being careful with my caffeine intake?

Alcohol

Well, here’s another.  Surely all that talk about antioxidants and reservetol means those Cambridge students slurring their words with the red wine-stained lips “increasing levels of ‘good’ cholesterol and protecting against artery damage” (MayoClinic).  While research suggests that the reservetol in red wine is what reduces bad cholesterol and prevents blood clots, scientists (who must laugh in the faces of D.A.R.E. officers) even say that white wine, beer, and liquor might be just as heart-healthy.

I guess it’s just a matter of what will get you first, the heart disease or the liver cirrhosis (although if you keep drunkenly eating those fries, I think the effects on your heart might just equal out).

Chocolate

Not that I’d stop indulging if Mother Nature wasn’t kind enough to make chocolate good for you!  Good for your heart? Check!  Digestion? Check–it prevents diarrhea apparently. OK, but excuse me if I don’t think about that when I’m stuffing my face with fudge. Which, by the way, is all right, because chocolate can reduce the risk of diabetes (so the sugar can’t hurt, right?).  Also, it stimulates the brain in a number great ways and helps coughs!

I suppose those chocolate binges weren’t particularly healthy, of course, but it’s comforting to know that I can call chocolate a health food.

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One Response to Good For You! (Unless It’s Bad…)

  1. jjhiii24 says:

    Rebeqqa,

    Even products that are beneficial generally can become dangerous when consumed in excess. Balance is the key for all successful endeavors and for all beneficial consumption. That being said, the axiom for balance in life is:

    “Moderation in all things….including moderation.”

    Every once in awhile, if we imbibe without restraint, it probably won’t result in our demise, depending on the object of consumption, and if we were, on occasion, to engage in the consumption of any of these substances in excess, it may provide us with a perspective that would ultimately be instructive and therefore beneficial.

    At some point, we have to take into consideration the costs vs. benefits analysis in any undertaking, but coffee is MOSTLY beneficial unless you have some OTHER cause for concern regarding the effects of caffeine.

    I spent a fair amount of my time this evening reviewing your blog and anticipate greatly the unfolding of your mental machinations as you progress in your education. You have an excellent eye for photography, and a fair number of your postings contain insights and intriguing narratives that are quite compelling. I hope you will continue to attend to your blog along with your studies as it is possible.

    You have much to offer your readers in this venue, and I plan to be reading as you go…John H.

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