Coffee, Anyone?

As if you need more reasons to drink the delicious dark brew that makes most of our mornings….coffee may be good for you, too.

It’s hard to think about diseases of old age when you’re not even 25 yet, but it’s never too early to start making choices that can help you out later (the whole ounce of prevention thing, right?).  It turns out, coffee may offer protections against diseases in addition to getting us ready for those early morning classes.  Some diseases that have been studied in relation to this finding are Alzheimer’s disease, certain types of cancers, Parkinson’s disease, and Type II Diabetes.

If future disease prevention isn’t enough motivation, coffee is also a surprising source of essential nutrients. It’s also the main source of antioxidants in the Western Diet (yes, more than fruits and veggies combined for most people).  Here’s the trick, though:  try not to bog it down with too much sugar and cream – it defeats some of the goodness!

So, grab a friend and do something good for yourself – drink coffee!

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At Brown Dining, we know there’s a lot on your plate that you worry about. That’s why we have a Nutrition Team with a registered dietitian and nutritionist participating in menu development. They can also answer your questions about which food choices will help you work, study, and perform better, and form long-lasting healthy eating habits. Email your questions and feedback to