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Topic: Pundits strike again- (19 msgs / 441 lines)
1) From: raymanowen
Coffee: Good or Bad?
To drink coffee or not to drink coffee: That is the question. Over the
years, we've received many conflicting messages about this popular and
addictive beverage. Concerns that it may lead to high blood pressure and
heart disease once prompted some health-conscious folks to give it up, but a
few recent studies have shown no link to heart disease in healthy people. In
fact, some research indicates that coffee can actually decrease the risk of
certain chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes.
Although researchers are still learning about the effects of coffee on
health, many experts agree that most people can safely enjoy it in
moderation. However, you should keep in mind that only black coffee is
calorie-free. The calories in cream, sugar, and coffee flavorings can add up
fast — and be easily overlooked. Likewise, lattés and other espresso-ba=
sed
drinks can be surprisingly high in calories — up to 400 per drink! Stick =
to
the old fashioned drip coffee, doctored with skim milk and artificial
sweetener if you must add anything.
Keep in mind that coffee can have bothersome effects if you drink too much.
If you have trouble sleeping, feel restless or irritable during the day, or
have frequent headaches, nausea, diarrhea, or abnormal heart rhythms, it may
be time to try cutting back on the joe. Try replacing some or all of the
coffee you drink with decaffeinated options like decaf coffee and herbal
teas. They provide the warmth and comfort of coffee without the adrenaline
jolt.
With a healthy diet and regular physical activity, you might find yourself
relying less on caffeine to help get you through the day and more on the
natural, abundant energy that comes from living a healthy lifestyle.
Certainly.
Cheers, RayO, aka Opa
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2) From: Derek Bradford
Who is responsible for that swill?
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3) From: Allon Stern
On Dec 14, 2009, at 7:56 AM, Derek Bradford wrote:
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*grind*
*dose*
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*search*http://www.dukediet.com/publicsite/newsletter/issueview.aspx?issueid(358-
allon
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4) From: Derek Bradford
On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 1:33 PM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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Correction:
*grind*
*dose*
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*save time by citing sources*
The problem was not mine...
--Derek
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5) From: Joseph Robertson
That's not from the lips of the RayO I know...
JoeR
On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 9:39 AM, Derek Bradford wrote:
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Ambassador for Specialty Coffee and palate reform.
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6) From: raymanowen
I apologize-http://mail.google.com/mail/shva=1#search/Coffee%3A+Good+or+Bad%3F/1258c9bb5cd35d1f
The
DukeDiet
and Fitness news letter.
When I saw it, I wondered- "They gonna tell me about Good or Bad Coffee, or
Coffee consumption itself is good or bad?" I don't necessarily believe
everything I read- just interesting palaver.
Pundits- when the self-proclaimed authorities make statements like "Try
replacing some or all of the coffee you drink with decaffeinated options
like decaf coffee and herbal teas," I suspect it's dark where they are, and
the street lights are burned out.
Cheers, Mabuhay, Iechyd da -RayO, aka Opa!
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7) From: Joseph Robertson
I assumed as much Ray, but usually you add your own, "Ray English
interpretation" so to speak.
Joe
On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 11:25 AM,  wrote:
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8) From: Starfinder Stanley
On this (rubbish):  IMO, any info found under the header "weight loss
program" is not likely to contain much information relevant to the real
world.  Skim milk and artificial sweetener?  For crying out loud!  I'm sure
they'd also advocate sugar-filled 'nutritious' orange juice over coffee,
without realizing that java contains way more antioxidants than OJ, without
the huge hit of sugar.
I've quaffed a heavy cream cappuccino pretty much every morning since 1994,
and my 29 inch waist is the same it's been since high school.
They should tell people to drink less beer, not less coffee!
Not that I have an opinion.....
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9) From: Sandy Andina
When I was on Atkins (off the wagon now, alas), I had at least one breve every day, lost 40 lbs., and kept it off for two years before backsliding into carbs again.
On Dec 14, 2009, at 2:48 PM, Starfinder Stanley wrote:
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Peace & song, 
Sandy 
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10) From: Andy Thomas
I think it is more or less reasonable: "Coffee isn't bad unless it makes you feel bad. If it makes you feel bad, cut down or drink something else." You could say the same thing about 'most anything.
Personally, coffee makes me feel way better than herbal tea.:-)
From: "raymanowen" 
When I saw it, I wondered- "They gonna tell me about Good or Bad Coffee, or
Coffee consumption itself is good or bad?" I don't necessarily believe
everything I read- just interesting palaver.
Pundits- when the self-proclaimed authorities make statements like "Try
replacing some or all of the coffee you drink with decaffeinated options
like decaf coffee and herbal teas," I suspect it's dark where they are, and
the street lights are burned out.
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11) From: Allon Stern
On Dec 14, 2009, at 3:48 PM, Starfinder Stanley wrote:
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Beer contains lots of fantastic healthful compounds as well.
Least of which is alcohol.
Hops contains many good things too.
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allon
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12) From: Yakster
Decidedly so, Guinness is good for you as proved by many old ladies (and
gentlemen) who consumed same for health reasons.http://www.recreatingtampa.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/guinness-is-good-for-you.jpgSo, there's a pretty large union of home brewers and home roasters on the
Ven diagram, am I the only one who instead of smelling a bready smell when
the coffee beans are in the drying phase picks up the smell of hops?  Maybe
it's just been too long since I brewed beer, but I used to have a tube of
whole cascade hops in the freezer, now it's roasted coffee (and greens in
the fridge).
I think--bringing this back on topic for a moment--that the old saw,
everything in moderation, applies.
-Chris
On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 6:36 AM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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13) From: Jim Couch
Just so long as You include in your list of things to do in moderation,
overindulgence.
On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 11:03 AM, Yakster  wrote:
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14) From: Allon Stern
On Dec 15, 2009, at 12:03 PM, Yakster wrote:
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If you're a stout fan, I heartily recommend Mike McK's delirium blend (nee Ohana).
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allon
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15) From: Yakster
I'll have to try that.
I'm a stout fan and a hop head (and also a pepper head).  I like strong
flavors.
I once made an imperial stout (with a lot of Australian dark malt extract)
that I bottled in clear Corona and 7 oz Pepsi bottles that left a dark, oily
stain on the inside.  I loved offering people Corona Dark just for the
cognitive dissonance of it.
The acids in peppers are good for arthritis (when applied externally) and I
think there supposed to be good for your heart or something.  What doesn't
kill you makes you stronger, I guess.
-Chris
On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 9:44 AM, Allon Stern  wrote:
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16) From: Mike Chester
I have not smelled the hops, but I often get the aroma of boiling malt. =
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the Cascade smell as that hop is distinctive.
Mike Chester
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17) From: John A C Despres
Cascade, mmmm Sierra Nevada. I smell malt but no hops so far.
The day the doctor says I can't drink coffee anymore, he'll be at my funeral
talking to a dead guy.
I count on coffee to carry me to a very, very old age. Well, that and leafy
green salads. But no salad for breakfast.
John
On Tue, Dec 15, 2009 at 8:05 PM, Mike Chester  wrote:
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18) From: raymanowen
Ouch!
"If you're a stout fan, I heartily recommend Mike McK's delirium blend (nee
Ohana)."
That hurts, on two accounts. I am a stout fan. The image in my header is
Damian, not me. I smiled but Never in my development did I look like the
kid. Picture the Michelin Man...
Early in my home roasting follies, miKe sent me a pound of his Kona roast. A
melange that reminded the 1991 photo shot from the Clark Air Base control
tower to the WSW across the base. The incredible magnitude of the first full
scale eruption of Pinatubo in modern times.
25 years earlier, we had been escaping and evading on the side of that
"extinct" volcano. Who knew?
I've been excoriated for my choice of espresso brewing equipment, probably
because the Capresso is so capable in the hands of the uneducated doubting
neophyte of executing a Magnificent SNAFU. The thing is also fully capable
of the pressure and temperatures necessary to brew or steam. [Not 'and'
steam] For <$500, two of them could Brew And Steam simultuously all day
long. Home use be damned...
The Capresso can be harnessed to brew the same shot as other machines, since
the grinder is the controlling factor. I'd never try to match the speed of a
commercial machine, any more than I'd choose to pick up groceries in a
Bugatti. The Edsel would do.
re: miKe's Paradise Cafè Ohana or Delirium blend, I might risk another
Pinatubo flashback. The original Kona roast gift was the occasion of the
Mazzer Major. I was already suspicious of the grinder; (Solis Maestro Plus,
Bodum Antigua, and Grind Master blade) my Celtic Critic honey had already
OK'd a Mahlkönig VTS-6A 3 phase grinder, and I was set to keep the Bronco
another year.
MiKe to the rescue again- MMG pointed out the various old *$ Mazzers that
were showing up on eBay. All of them were going cheaper than I already had
sunk in the SMP and burr sets. Like engine builders boring and stroking an
engine for drag racing- "if Some is Good, More is Better and too much is
Just Enough."  In pursuit of the better cup, what evidence and possibilities
can be rejected without being evaluated? One could start with the perfect
cup and move back toward GO!...
Cheers, Mabuhay, Iechyd da -RayO, aka Opa!
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19) From: Alex Fitch
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Scientists this week said that they had found a link between increased coffee intake and decreased prostate cancer risk in men. The finding came out of an NIH-funded study of 50,000 men. "Avid coffee drinkers," those who consumed six or more cups per day, had 60 percent lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer than men who drank no coffee. The results of the study were presented this week at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Houston. The researchers said that it was too early to say which, if any, of the thousands of chemical compounds in a cup of coffee was responsible for the effect. We'll find out more.
link to the full storyhttp://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/200912113------------------------------
Alex Fitch
Alex
On Dec 16, 2009, at 1:15 AM, raymanowen wrote:
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