A cup of coffee a day

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of touring a local coffee roaster Utopian Coffee Company.

Hosted by one of its founders, our group heard the story of travel and “relationship sourcing” their coffee beans (which to me sounded synonymous with danger – Rwanda and Columbia anyone?). But, by knowing the growers, Utopian strives to make people’s lives better through a living wage.

While we did not talk nutrition that afternoon, this coffee guzzler would like to.

Most interesting, in my mind, is that coffee is the largest supplier of antioxidants in the diet! Recall antioxidants protect cells’ health so we like them a lot. Typically we push berries, dark green and deep yellow colored veggies, nuts…but today, let’s focus on coffee.

A couple caveats: if you’re young, pregnant or a slow caffeine metabolizer, coffee’s not a great antioxidant plan. If you need to load up black coffee with sugar and fat (cream), you’ll negate the health effects. And finally if you can’t moderate your intake, you could have an issue.

But for the rest of us…

A UCLA study suggests coffee drinking may protect against Type 2 diabetes. Italian researchers found liver cancer incidence was lower in coffee drinkers. Kaiser Permanente published a study showing a lowered incidence of liver cirrhosis among coffee drinkers. A McGill U study suggests Parkinson’s movement control could be improved with coffee.

A Portugal study shows coffee has a protective effect against Alzheimer’s disease. Numerous studies explain coffee enhances brain neuron function, gives you a feeling of energy, generally improves cognitive function and reaction times.

Further, a Beth Israel Deaconess and Harvard study showed lowered risk of heart failure among coffee drinkers. Current Vascular Pharmacology says all-cause mortality is reduced by coffee consumption. Wow.

While I don’t think coffee will afford the drinker immortality, drink it with pleasure to be well,


PS Yes, all you tea-totallers, tea is a great source of antioxidants as well!

PPS Find Utopian here http://utopiancoffee.com/

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After the storm…

After unwelcome visitors Harvey and Irma, I’d thought I’d remind you of a few kitchen/food safety rules published by the FDA.

Discard any food  in containers that have been damaged by flood water if:

  • they are packed in plastic, paper, cardboard, cloth
  • foods/beverages have screw cap lids, snap lids, crimped caps, twist caps, flip tops
  • foods were home canned

Discard these specific items if they have come in contact with flood water because they cannot be adequately sanitized:

  • wooden cutting boards
  • wooden dishes and utensils
  • plastic utensils
  • baby bottle nipples
  • pacifiers

Undamaged, commercially packaged foods in all metal cans can be saved if you remove the labels, thoroughly wash the cans, rinse them, then disinfect them with a sanitizing solution of 1 TBSP bleach per gallon of potable water.

Discard refrigerated food if you lost power longer than 4 hours. Discard frozen food is electricity was out 48 hours or if your freezer is only half full, 24 hours is the maximum time suggested.


Wishing all those affected, an uneventful recovery. Be safe to be well,


9/11 we will never forget

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