Today I came across with a recent study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition saying that drinking several cups of coffee may protect against colorectal cancer. It can cut the risk of having a tumor by between 15 to 25%. Even though it was a large study (almost half a million people), the research has its limitations and I believe that in order to decrease the risk of developing bowel cancer one have first to make sure that is following a healthy diet and making enough exercise. Anyway, it is known today that coffee health benefits outweigh its risks. From cancer prevention to cardiovascular health, from reduced risk of Alzheimer disease to liver health, later studies have changed the way we see coffee and how we recommend it to our clients.
Talking about coffee, I would like to share Argentina's coffee culture. For many Aregntineans the a.m. energy drink to start the day is mate, but for many pthers a cup of java is the morning savior. We use about 1 kilo of coffee per capita per year vs 5 kilos in the U.S. (I think the difference occurs because of the people that choose mate over coffee). Following the European heritage, coffee is widely consumed in Argentina there are more than 11.000 cafes in Buenos Aires. It is typical to stop in a cafe bar and linger over a cup of expresso even for hours! ( contrary to the U.S. rush culture of having a starbucks coffee on the go...). However, the Starbucks landing in Argentina few years ago was a success and many other coffee shops started to sell coffee to go, something relatively new for us.
I wonder how is the coffee culture in other countries...please share! How often do you recommend coffee to your patients? In which situations you don't?
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