How do you like your daily cup of Joe? Black, no sugar, light ‘n’ sweet, milk two sugars, cappuccino? One thing’s for sure, we are in quite a coffee craze and we all enjoy a great cup of Joe to start our morning. But hey, ignore what your mother told you about drinking too much coffee!
Guess why? Coffee drinkers may be less likely to develop hepatocellular carcinoma aka the most common type of liver cancer. Certain studies show an impressive 50% decreased risk from the consumption of a common three cups of coffee per day. In the words of How I Met Your Mother’s, Barney Stinson, “Challenge Accepted!”
But wait, there’s more. Harvard studies have shown that coffee consumption, well, caffeine consumption, can reduce the possibility of depression in women along with reducing the risk of developing a dangerous form of prostate cancer for men by 60 percent (who drink about six cups a day)!
Now, before you start chugging gallons of coffee from your favorite cafes, just know that moderation is key in these situations since there are no guarantees that coffee will give you superhuman abilities so let’s not go crazy just yet.
In addition to the health benefits of caffeine, what I enjoy most about coffee is the experience. In my life, coffee is more than just a simple drink: it is a way to connect. Before you think I’m crazy, let me explain.
We use coffee as a foundation for hanging out with friends, catching up with coworkers, connecting with family members, casually dating someone without the added pressure and of course to start our day off on a high note.
As you can see coffee has a significant impact on our daily lives both in terms of our bodily functions and social interactions. It can also be a work of art…foam art. Many cafés (even certain Starbucks) or bistros are using foam art as a simple way of pleasing and even attracting customers. And boy do we have some Picasso’s in the city.
All in all, coffee is an integral part of our health so don’t listen to anyone telling you to put down that coffee, unless its your eighth cup of the day…then you should probably listen, you addict you!