There was a report issued recently which added to the growing weight of research documentation supporting the theory that coffee drinking is good for you
The report printed in the ‘New England Journal of Medicine’ just last week followed 402,000 individuals aged 50-71 years old for 14 years up until 2008
And concluded that for men, drinking just one cup of coffee per day delivered a 6% lower risk of death during the course of the study – those who drank two to three cups per day had a 10% lower risk and those who consumed four to five cups had a 12% lower risk
The relationship between coffee and risk of death was even more dramatic in women
Those who drank one cup per day had 5% lower odds of dying during the study compared with women who drank none – whilst those who consumed two or three cups a day were 13% less likely to die, those who downed four or five cups were 16% less likely to die
Stirring stuff which only adds weight and credence to many of the reports issued in the last ten years showing that coffee – like many of life’s natural pleasures – when consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet is good for you…
Certainly, for many Americans the reality is that the 3.2 cups of coffee they consume per day ends up supplying the vast majority of their daily antioxidant intake!
However, one variable that the study negated to report upon was how income affected coffee consumption
And the sad reality is that those people who can afford to buy 4-5 cups of coffee per day are simply wealthier!
Every single life style study seems to show that wealthier people live a longer and healthier life than the poorest in our society…
I can’t think of a report which offers a differing conclusion… and of course the seminal example of this has to be that of smoking – so often linked with coffee consumption in the past and now a socio economic no – no for all the ABC1’s loafing around in gourmet coffee shops these days!
Rich people live longer than poor people – simple as that!
A similar correlation could be drawn if we were to assess the average BMW buyer and driver!
They probably tend statistically to live longer than the average person that buys a used Ford or a Hyundai
That doesn’t mean that buying a BMW is good for you…. or that owning a Mondeo or Hyundai Santa Fe is bad for you (although it may well be a sign of taste!) It simply shows that having money is better for your health than being poor….
I think most savvy coffee experts believe the espresso church is a wide and varied community… as long as we all enjoy espresso served the easy serve espresso way then all converts whether espresso or latte drinkers are welcome…….Only not in Allegros, Maxis and Marinas – OK?!