Remember when coffee was bad for you? Well, now it's good for you again. Current research by Joe Vinson, a professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton shows that coffee provides more healthful antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the American diet.
According to the Agriculture Department, the typical adult drinks 1.64 cups of coffee daily for an average consumption of 1,299 mg (not 1,300 mg, mind you, but 1,299!). I would've guessed 2-3 cups, but that's just me.
But to further complicate matters comes an article from New Scientist.com
by Kurt Kleiner which states that most published scientific research papers are wrong. Assuming that the new paper is itself correct, problems with experimental and statistical methods mean that there is less than a 50% chance that the results of any randomly chosen scientific paper are true.
What does that say about the recent coffee study?
Or the global warming studies?
Or hormone replacement studies?
Or the cholesterol-heart disease link studies?
Other than education, common sense, and moderation, what is a consumer to do?
I don't know. I'll get back to you on that, once I have another 1,299 mg of antioxidants.