Dear Crabby, Is Coffee Good For You?

Dear Crabby, Some say yes and others say no, but I want to know if coffee is good for you?

Thanks, Joe Brewer

Dear Mr. Brewer,

One day coffee is good for you and the next it’s bad for you. Back-and-forth goes the debate, the true never-ending story. The Crabby Household usually has a pot of coffee going. My first doctor tried to get me to quit, but he died. I kept drinking coffee. My second doctor demanded I quit the black nectar roast, he died too. I told this to my current doctor, and all I got was “cut down how much you drink per day.” This was advice I could live with, and so could he, since he’s still alive and kicking.

Dear Crabby with a Laptop ComputerModeration is the key to all things in life, including coffee. It’s packed full of antioxidants—not sure what that is but it’s supposed to a good thing—and it really helps start my day. Mrs. Crabby likes her coffee piping hot, while I like it non-scalding—you know—drinkable. Black with none of that extra stuff in it is best. Around the holidays, we brew flavored coffee and those beans are fun, sweet, and energizing—it really helps us stay up the night before Christmas to wrap the presents for the grandkids.

The downside, caffeine is addictive and it’s a stimulant. It’s hard to cut down and even harder to quit. I used to consume a lot more when taking car trips to help me stay awake. It worked, but I was stopping every 30 minutes for a bathroom break and it seemed to take us twice as long to get where we were going. In addition, too much gives me the jitters. Therefore, as my third doctor suggested, I have cut back and I only have a couple cups in the morning and maybe another in the afternoon. I support the use of coffee for adults and non-pregnant women. I hear younger folks and unborn children should really stay away from caffeine—can’t say for sure, but that seems to make sense to me.

Anyway, the controversy will continue I’m sure, and I plan to stay awake through the whole conundrum. After all, it took me two cups of coffee to write this column; and I’m told some people need more than that just to read it.

Enjoy your next cup of Joe, Joe!

Sincerely, Dear Crabby

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