Whenever the coffee police want to make you guilty about appreciating your daily cuppa joe, or if you’re like me, 4 double caps of joe, they invariably decry the caffeine in coffee so you hear constant carping about caffeine causing this and caffeine causing that and caffeine triggers and caffeine nightmares and caffeine jolts and on and on and on.
Never mind that no one has actually ever proved that normal amounts of caffeine are bad for most of us (I’d say nearly all of us but I’m sure there are a few rare individuals out there who actually do have problems with a cup or 2 of coffee).
But what the coffee police invariably fail to mention is that coffee is way more than just caffeine, not that caffeine alone is a bad thing.
Coffee actually contains hundreds, perhaps thousands, of biologically-active chemicals, and many of them are in that family that along with the Simpsons is everyone’s favorite these days, namely anti-oxidants.
And as nearly every new study seems to find, those anti-oxidants are powerfully good for ya.
So no surprise that a recent Danish study published in the Journal of Natural Products determined that something called cafestol, which given its name is unsurprisingly found in coffee, can lower fasting glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity, at least in mice.
And before the coffee police pounce on that mouse bit, a good case can be made that this metabolic effect likely occurs in humans, too, because if you lower glucose levels and you improve insulin sensitivity, you reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, and coffee drinkers have long been known to have lower levels of Type 2 diabetes than people who don’t drink coffee.
So hey, pour yourself another and ignore the bleating of the coffee naysayers – that stuff is good for ya.