More than just water

The Troglopundit is happy that two of his beverage choices have been affirmed by science.

I assume he starts in the morning with …

Oh, fine, it doesn’t cure cancer, but it might help prevent cancer:

Drinking more than two cups of coffee per day, or any other combination of caffeinated beverages, may lower your chances of developing skin cancer, a new reports says. The results included other caffeinated products such as soda, tea and chocolate.

The report in the journal Cancer Research found that caffeine potentially reduced the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer though generally considered less serious than melanoma.

“Our data indicate that the more caffeinated coffee you consume, the lower your risk of developing basal cell carcinoma,” said Jiali Han, Ph.D., associate professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston and Harvard School of Public Health.

Just look how long it took them to introduce Dr. Han. It must be true!

… and then finishes his day with …

According to a recent review of more than 18 studies on booze, beer is just as good for your heart as vino. Drinking a little more than a pint of beer a day could make you 30 percent less likely than non-drinkers to suffer from stroke, heart attacks, and heart disease, researchers found. Credit heart benefits to the alcohol itself, and polyphenols (antioxidants) in beer. And make sure to drink that beer with a smile.

I’m not going to get into the beer vs. wine argument. As you know, Benjamin Franklin spoke fondly of wine

“We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”

… though he and other Founding Fathers clearly enjoyed ale as well, most notably Thomas Jefferson:

“Beer, if drank in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health.”

By the end of today, I suspect I will have ingested both.



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