Coffee has been proven
Needless to say, I didn't have much of
a birthday celebration last week, with the carnage and destruction and
everything else going on. It just
didn't seem appropriate. The only remaining
evidence that I had a birthday, other than a birth certificate, is the
lingering reminder that I have
aged yet another year.
I cringe every time I hear myself say my
age out loud. Even though I have yet to see a gray hair, I feel a certain
connection to a They Might Be
Giants song: "You're older than you've
ever been and now you're getting older... and now you're older still."
(In case anyone's actually wondering how
old I've become -- it's on a need-to-know basis. And nobody needs to know.
Sometimes I wish I didn't
Rather than continue in this disheartening
discussion, I'd like to share some of the wonderful wisdom that comes with
old age: Despite what
some might say, coffee is actually good
Recently, I was thrilled to discover a
source for rebuttal against those who "helpfully" insist that coffee is
The Coffee Science Information Centre at
www.cosic.org has an entire section devoted to coffee's health benefits.
Everyone's heard about the
down side of coffee, but not many know
coffee can improve health by reducing asthma problems, improving athletic
performance and providing
a temporary increase in metabolism.
CoSIC has found coffee to improve cognition,
"increasing the speed of rapid information processing by 10 percent."
This statistic should come as no surprise
to those of us who have used coffee as a study aid.
Coffee also contains chlorogenic compounds
that have been linked to the reduction of suicidal tendencies and depression.
As news of coffee benefits spreads, we
may find health-conscious people taking up a coffee habit rather than trying
to avoid it.
There are so many wonderful ways to enjoy
coffee. Whether it's downing an iced rendition straight from the blender
during the hot summer or
slowly sipping and savoring a warm cup
in the winter, coffee is a year-round treat that changes with the times
As I pop yet another chocolate-covered
espresso bean in my mouth, I have come to realize that the popular Lay's
slogan doesn't just apply to
potato chips. There's no way I can stop
As much as I've tried to deny it, coffee
is very much a part of my way of life. Coffee does so much for me. In the
morning, it gets me going. In the
afternoon, it revitalizes me and helps
me get "over the hump," and at night, it soothes me and calms me down.
One of my favorite aspects of Houston is
the large variety of coffeehouses in the region. You've got your run-of-the-mill
trendy/ preppie hangouts, sanctuaries
for the artistically inclined and venues full of people even weirder than
It's no wonder coffeehouses are so popular
-- they're special-tailored to fit the needs and preferences of the people.
Don't be surprised to find
more popping up in the near future.
Who knows, maybe coffee will become the
next health trend?
Along with the old cliché, "Eat
your vegetables," we might find nutrition-concerned mothers filling up
"sippy cups" and telling their children, "Drink