Filed under: Capitalism, Freedom, News of the Weird | Tags: Coffee, Food Police, Junk Science
For years, the Food Police have been trying desperately to find something wrong with coffee. If coffee gives many people pleasure, if they gather with friends to have a cup, if they open chain stores all over the world giving people a place to gather over coffee, and if they invent all sorts of special accouterments to help make a better cup, then there has to be something really, really wrong with it.
We’ve had the poor abused workers in coffee plantations, but it has turned out that they are better paid than their peers, and the coffee companies have even built schools for their children. They tackled the milk used in lattés for the growth hormone given to cows, but that turned out to be junk science, for it is a scientific impossibility for the hormone to pass through into the milk. They have tried to connect coffee to all sorts of diseases and unpleasant conditions and now, perhaps, they may be undone.
“Drinking five cups of coffee a day may reverse the memory problems seen in Alzheimers” reads the headline from the BBC. The research carried out in Florida on mice also suggested that caffeine hampered the production of protein plaques that are characteristic of the disease.
This is all preliminary, of course, but it’s nice to know that you can head out for a latté with a clear conscience.
(h/t Dan @ GayPatriot)