Coffee: It’s All About Fuel

According to the National Coffee Association, more than 60 percent of Americans drink coffee every day.  Coffee is the fuel that gets us through the day; while the home-brewing gadgets, the cups that hold our morning cup of Joe, and the packaging distinguishing the ever so popular gourmet offerings are fueled by the fuel and petrochemical industries.

Syracuse University Professor Bob Thompson, who taught a course on Starbucks and the coffee phenomenon, phrased it best when he told USA Today, “You could say this nation runs on two dark liquids- petroleum and coffee, thousands of people are lubricated and made mobile by coffee every single day.”

Here’s a little science to go with that morning cup.  At the 2017 European Cardiac Society Congress, a long-term observational study of 20,000 participants showed significant correlation between drinking coffee and a reduction in mortality. Specifically, for older participants two cups a day was shown to have a 30 percent reduction in mortality.

Coffee is also routinely associated with lowering the risk for Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, liver disease, digestive disease, and Parkinson’s.

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