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1) From: DW Hutson
  Taken from:http://www.danieldrezner.com/archives/001440.html#more,who
takes from:http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/food/chi-0407070186jul07,1,1948678.story  Minš haluan toisen kupin kahvia!
  Pop quiz -- which country has the highest rate of coffee consumption in
the world?
  The language used in the post title is your clue.
  Answer below the fold....
  It's Finland!!
  This fact comes from Janet Helm in today's Chicago Tribune, who writes
about the health benefits that come from coffee consumption. The highlights:
  Though the virtues of coffee drinking may have been debated in the past,
now there appear to be new reasons to rejoice over java. More and more
studies have linked coffee consumption to a number of health benefits,
including a reduced risk of diabetes, Parkinson's disease, gallstones, colon
cancer and potentially heart disease.
  "Coffee has much more in it than caffeine," said Dr. PeMartin, director of
the Vanderbilt University's Institute for Coffee Studies, which conducts
medical research on coffee and is funded by a grant from a consortium of
coffee-producing countries. "It's a very complex beverage that contains
hundreds of compounds, including many with antioxidant effects."
  Though the tea industry has been touting its antioxidants, turns out
coffee may contain even more--specifically polyphenols. One of the most
potent antioxidants in coffee is called chlorogenic acid, which is partially
responsible for the coffee flavor. Some reports estimate that more than 850
compounds are packed inside the humble bean....
  Some of the strongest and latest research may be the connection between
coffee drinking and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, a growing health
epidemic that is closely linked to the rising rates of obesity.
  In Finland, where coffee consumption is higher than anywhere else in the
world, researchers found that coffee appeared to have a protective effect
against the development of type 2 diabetes. The more cups of coffee
consumed, the greater the protection.
  Published in the March 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical
Association, the study examined the coffee-drinking habits of 6,974 Finnish
men and 7,655 women. After a 12-year follow-up, women drinking three to four
cups of coffee a day experienced a 29 percent reduced risk of diabetes,
while risk dropped by 79 percent for women who drank 10 or more cups a day.
  For men in the study, drinking three to four cups of coffee a day was
associated with a 27 percent lower risk for diabetes. Those men who drank 10
or more cups lowered their risk by 55 percent.
  A second study examining an even larger population in the United States
found similar results. After analyzing data on 126,000 people for as long as
18 years, Harvard researchers found that having six or more cups of coffee
each day slashed men's risk of type 2 diabetes by 54 per-cent and women's by
30 percent compared to those who avoid coffee. Decaffeinated coffee had a
weaker effect. The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Before anyone starts consuming Brad DeLongish or Jacob Levyesque levels of
coffee, be sure to read the caveat:
  Though coffee may offer a bundle of benefits, nutritionists warn that you
should choose your coffee drinks wisely. Some coffees--particularly the
frozen or sweetened iced drinks--can pack a powerful caloric punch. Many are
more like liquid candy or a slice of cheesecake than coffee. For instance, a
24-ounce Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino with whipped cream at Starbucks
contains a whopping 780 calories and 19 grams of fat. A regular run for
these drinks can pack on the pounds.
  For college students, a study in the April issue of the Journal of the
American Dietetic Association suggests fancy coffee concoctions may be
contributing to the "freshman 15." Researchers at Simmons College in Boston
found that students who regularly drank gourmet coffees--cafe mochas, frozen
coffee beverages and the like--consumed an extra 206 calories and 32 grams
of sugar a day.
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