Recent health studies indicate that drinking coffee helps small blood vessels work better and eating more nuts ensures a longer life.
The coffee one, conducted by a Japanese cardiologist, had non-coffee drinkers imbibe 5 ounces of caffeinated coffee – (a Starbucks “Tall” is 12 ounces) – one day and two days later the same amount of decafe. The study concluded that caffeinated coffee increased vascular function better than decafe, but that blood pressure rises more with caffeinated. Generally, it was deduced that more study is needed.
In other words, if you drink coffee, like everything else, drink in moderation; if you don’t drink it—don’t worry. Lack of coffee isn’t going to affect your heart one way or another.
Then there’s the latest news about nuts.
They’re good for us. They ward off cancer and heart disease and based on this study, they help us live longer.
While I don’t want to criticize scientific, medical studies, I do find these two studies a bit absurd. If I’d read just the headline, I’d be convinced that coffee and nuts are the new elixirs of life. Not a tweeter, I know to read the entire article. There are caveats, and I’d add, these studies are a bit nutty.
But then again, I can’t argue too much. Coffee and nuts are perfect cycling companions, and there’s nothing unhealthy about crushed hazelnuts and expresso beans in ice cream or chocolate.