Dr. Peter Martin, director of the Institute for Coffee Studies at Vanderbilt University, says in this Atlantic article that although "coffee and caffeine have been inexorably intertwined in our thinking... the truth is coffee contains a whole lot of other stuff with biological benefits." What are those benefits, you ask?
Thousands of mostly understudied chemicals that contribute to flavor and aroma, including plant phenols, chlorogenic acids, and quinides, all of which function as antioxidents. Diterpenoids in unfiltered coffee may raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol.
The Atlantic article cites a dozen studies conducted over the years that point to coffee's health advantages, including preventing Alzheimer's, protecting the liver, acting as pain relief, reducing depression in women, and raising good cholesterol while reducing bad cholesterol levels. It can even help you live longer, according to this study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
The article is a really fascinating read if you, like me, enjoy your morning cup of joe.
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