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Home > Blog > Coffee: Pro or Con?
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Wednesday, January 04, 2006 11:01 AM
Coffee: Pro or Con?
Anita Sharpe on Health & Wellness

It wasn't very long ago that women with lumpy breasts were told to avoid caffeinated coffee. Now, a new study out of the University of Toronto is showing that women with a genetic predisposition to breast cancer can cut their risk of getting the disease by up to 70% by drinking six or more cups of Joe a day. Only caffeinated counts.

I couldn't help but think of my son's science experiment this fall. He bought three petunia plants of equal size and over a week fed one water, one caffeinated coffee and one regular cola. The cola plant basically died. The water plant did well and grew two flowers. The coffee plant exploded with green leaves and grew tall (but no flowers.) Interestingly, once the experiment was over and my son forgot about the plants, the water and cola plants withered completely away, while the coffee-fed petunia continued strong for another week.




6 comments

anita - 1/9/2006 3:53:47 PM
The plant was fed Caribou French Roast.


One other coffee anecdote: my grandmother drank two pots of full-strength coffee a day (the last pot she would start about 9 p.m. and drink it till she went to bed about 1 a.m.) She died in her sleep at 95.


Dennis S. - 1/9/2006 3:48:40 PM
Caffeinated coffee as a health drink.... Hmmmm. I wonder if Starbucks will market is as such.
Troy Worman - 1/8/2006 10:39:15 PM
I have just one question. What brand of coffee did your son feed this plant?
ernest - 1/6/2006 5:16:22 AM
That's very true. Now I'm a lil confused wat is good and wat bad. http://www.netmarketinggalaxy.com
farnsworth - 1/5/2006 1:49:53 PM
You know, this leaves me a bit skeptical. First we hear butter is bad and margarine good. Then that's reversed. Then we hear chocolate is bad and now it's good due to the percentage of anti-oxidants in it. This has got to be confusing for more than just me.

Coley - 1/4/2006 4:23:00 PM
Kevin! You've convinced me to give up my New Years resolution to cut coffee out of my life.

THANKS! Now I don't have to feel guilty I went to Starbucks this morning :)

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