The good, and bad, and good news about coffee

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If you’re a coffee lover, or have a lover who likes coffee, you might be confused by all those different studies about how coffee is good for you or bad for you.

But don’t fret about it. That “good/bad” thing has been brewing for a long time as we’ll discover in this Food for Thought trip in the Wayback Machine.

Coffee houses were big deals in the Arab world shortly after the discovery of the coffee bean around the 10th century, the 900s for those counting at home.

But the morals police briefly banned those coffee houses on the grounds patrons

Were more likely to gamble and participate in criminally unorthodox sexual behavior.

By the mid 1600s, folks believed coffee could help coughs and headaches, and prevent scurvy and miscarriages.

Thanks to the Boston Tea Party, coffee became the beverage of choice for American colonists who said the brew could help them work longer hours.

By 1916, doctors were telling folks that coffee stunted their growth.

About thirty years ago, a study said five cups of coffee could give you a heart attack.

Now, studies suggest five cups a day of black coffee may be good for your health by reducing the risk of melanoma, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, liver disease, and computer-related back pain, among others.

The latest study percolating suggests drinking coffee may improve the chances of surviving colon cancer.

So go ahead and treat yourself to an extra cup of coffee while it’s still OK. That’s just a little full-bodied food for thought.