Coffee, the elixir of life?
As all coffee lovers know a good cup of coffee can cure almost anything! Here are a few things that are probably, almost certainly, maybe true about coffee:
1. It increases the metabolic rate and therefore helps to burn off fat and leads to weight loss. Does this mean we can eat what we like during lock-down?
2. It increases energy levels and makes people feel less tired.
3. It can improve cognitive function but not sure it assures us of success with the Times crossword!
4. It can lower the risk of developing type II diabetes
5. It makes you better looking and gives you the body of a young god or goddess!
6. …and so on and so on
There are any number of additional claims as to the benefits of moderate coffee consumption some more fanciful than others. But, as my grandmother probably would have said had she thought of it, –
‘a little bit of what you fancy won’t do you any harm.’
So the important thing to remember is to drink the best coffee you can find, the way you like it, in reasonable moderation!
However, despite the fairly clear and (almost) incontrovertible evidence of coffee being good for you, it is not a cure for all ills and it cannot (no I’m sorry Mr Trump it can’t!) do what we would all love it to be able to!
In the words of Sir James Mackintosh,-
‘The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportional to the quantity of coffee he drinks.’
Hmmm now that could explain a lot!