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Stop with the man-diets already, coffee is good for you.

May 17, 2012

Every now and then my husband goes on a “man-diet”, which is a term I’ve coined meaning a restriction that has absolutely no reasonable goal except the very last event, namely breaking the diet and thus having an awesome moment of relapse.

His favorite man-diet is the coffee man-diet. He’ll suddenly decide that his two espressos in the morning and two more during the day is too much and he “needs to cut down”. He’ll make it one coffee in the morning and one in the afternoon, and he’ll stare wistfully at my second (or third) morning espresso, complain vaguely of headaches, and generally be a space cadet (by which I mean more than usual).

This will go on for about 5 days or so, until one morning where he’ll wake up in an addict’s rage and rebelliously suck down two coffees whilst raving about the magical properties of caffeine.

This happens about once a year. Every time it happens I remind him that coffee is actually good for you and there’s no reason to try to break an addiction that’s doing you good- we don’t try to go off oxygen, do we?

Well here’s more evidence of that. And in case you’re wondering, yes I do ignore all negative evidence of any one of my theories, but in this case I’m pretty sure the evidence I collect on my side is quite a bit stronger than the stuff I ignore. From the Bloomberg article:

The study found that men who drank 2 to 3 cups a day had a 14 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease, 17 percent lower risk of dying from respiratory disease, 16 percent decreased chance of dying from stroke and a 25 percent lower risk of dying from diabetes than those who drank no coffee.

Women who consumed 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day had a 15 percent lower chance of dying from heart disease, 21 percent lower risk of dying from respiratory disease, 7 percent decreased chance of dying from stroke and a 23 percent lower risk of dying from diabetes.

Categories: news, rant
  1. Deane
    May 17, 2012 at 7:31 am

    As the article says, no one has yet tried to figure out what kind of coffee works best. We need studies showing that simple black espresso is the best of all of them.

  2. May 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I read another study that said men who drink 3 to 5 cups of coffee are 19 percent more likely to have to use the bathroom. That must be a healthy causal effect too!

  3. May 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I’ve tried the coffee man-diet several times and failed miserably. Hence, during a relapse, I wrote the following blog post: http://luisrguzmanjr.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/coffee-now/

  4. Bertie
    May 18, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Yes well I’m very happy with the impartial assessment of the effects of coffee that this post represents, Cathy if you could follow this up with some similar work relating to chocolate and redwine that would also be appreciated.

    There’s already enough bad news in the world

  1. June 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm
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