Coffee comeback

14Mar07

Since our last foray into coffee blogging so well received, we felt a follow-up was appropriate. Historically research on the risks and benefits of coffee were decidedly mix. For now the tide seems to be turning coffee’s way.

Andrew Martin in the New York Times reports on a new product that hopes to lure back former coffee drinkers who found it too hard on their stomach. These “stomach friendly” coffees come at a time when researchers have come to the conclusion that coffee isn’t the cause of heartburn.

A recent study by Stanford University researchers found that there was little scientific evidence to support the idea that eliminating coffee — and several other foods and drinks — helps cure persistent heartburn.

If that were not enough to get you to pick up a coffee mug, Coco Ballantyne at Scientific American notes recent research that sheds light on another benefit of coffee – it includes fiber!

Some good news for coffee lovers: a cup of joe may get you going in more ways than one. A new study shows that brewed coffee contains soluble fiber, the roughage found in oatmeal and apples that aids digestion, helps the body absorb vital nutrients and keeps a lid on cholesterol.

Coffee culture in America and the rest of the world seems to be on the rise. Now the science is catching up to the trend.  We doubt that any of this is particularly investable, but it should give existing coffee drinkers some comfort.

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