you heard the news? Coffee has
Antioxidants have been studied to a great
extent. The evidence indicates that antioxidants can
potentially delay the aging process as well as protect
the body against the development of age-related
If you read any medical articles that relate to these studies and you are
not in the field of medicine, most likely you will get
lost inside the information. This is where a problem in
believing that certain foods containing antioxidants are
good for you begins.
A very interesting study was conducted regarding coffee beans and the
antioxidant benefits that could be obtained when
The article was very lengthy and had a great deal of medical terms and
references in it. What the results proved was that
although antioxidants did exist in coffee, when the
beans were heated and processed, the benefits that can
when drinking it are diminished.
This is easier to understand when you can consider how the testing was
Using lab ANIMALs to test the effects of the antioxidants in coffee is
misleading. Especially when the coffee was not simply
ground up and processed in the normal human fashion
where we place the grounds into a coffee pot and run hot
water over it resulting in a pot of hot liquid which is
of course coffee.
The testing in the
labs involved breaking down the coffee bean into
different parts. For instance, the skin was removed from
the coffee bean and tested as to the amount of
antioxidants it contained.
Why would they do this you might ask?
Well, the skin is where the highest amount of antioxidants can be found.
Yet, we have to ask the question, "Who drinks just the
skin of the coffee bean?"
Another problem with thinking any positive results meant that coffee is
good for us is the fact that after coffee is brewed, it
looses a great deal of the antioxidants through the
After testing coffee in various forms and breaking it up into several
different components, at the very end of an extremely
long description of medically challenging terms and
data, it became clear that the lab test did not in fact
prove coffee to have any antioxidant benefits when
as a hot stimulating drink.
In fact at the end of this article the bottom line was that there was no
proof at all that coffee was good for us due to any
substantial amount of antioxidants after the brewing
So, the bottom line here is...
Rumors can start very fast and become thought of as fact if we do not do
our own research. But that certainly won't stop us from
enjoying a steaming, hot, fragrant cup of coffee! Will
Follow the advice in this website and you'll have your friends and family
eagerly responding to your next call of
"Anyone for Coffee?"