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Old 05-17-2012, 07:18 PM
 
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My stomach can only handle one cup a day!
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:45 AM
 
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wow- that is amazing. Doctors should tell their alkie patients to start drinking coffee.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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I have always been fit, slim, energetic, focused, happy, and healthy. I rarely get sick (knock on wood!).
Sounds just like me, until I turned 50.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:40 PM
 
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She was very active, but she wasn't a day laborer. She owned an Italian shoe company. Her diet was very important to her and included heavy:

black coffee
red wine
dark chocolate
olive oil
yogurt
tomatoes
fish
spinach

I try to emulate her diet. There is great longevity on that side of my family (my aunts, uncles, etc. lived to be 100 or close to it with virtually no illnesses) and they all ate like this. It is diet, exercise, AND genes. There have been quite a few studies about the people from this area of Italy and how diet contributes to their longevity. I still think black coffee helps and now a new AARP and NIH study supports that.
I really think it's due to everything ELSE on the diet up there besides coffee - those are very healthy things to eat. We consume a lot of that ourselves, however, coffee is limited to decaf, and only a cup or two in the am, not even every day. It is very acidic, and we can't have caffeine due to health issues. No way I believe coffee is any kind of "health food" but I'm of the opinion that for healthy people a moderate amount doesn't affect things one way or another.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:35 AM
 
Location: El Paso -- the beautiful west side
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Parents and coffee too!

I think people underestimate the health benefits of coffee.

p.s. My Italian grandma lived to 100 (1900 - 2000) and drank espresso all day! Italians drink a lot of coffee and they live a long time - I think there is a connection. It's not just the olive oil / Mediterranean diet.
kudos to you and keep drinking that java! i roast my own from green beans -- my choice of country origin. i drink at least as much as you and probably is the only reason i've been around so long with such fantastic health.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:37 AM
 
Location: El Paso -- the beautiful west side
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I really think it's due to everything ELSE on the diet up there besides coffee - those are very healthy things to eat. We consume a lot of that ourselves, however, coffee is limited to decaf, and only a cup or two in the am, not even every day. It is very acidic, and we can't have caffeine due to health issues. No way I believe coffee is any kind of "health food" but I'm of the opinion that for healthy people a moderate amount doesn't affect things one way or another.
i'll say it's due to everything but the fish. think mercury and all the other trash they contend with. no fish for me. nor dead animals, thanks.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Imaginary Figment
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I loved my coffee and easily drank 6 cups a day for years. Eventually though it wrecked havoc on my adrenal glands. Once that happened I quit drinking coffee for a couple of years. These days I drink decaf with an occasional splash of regular.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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I love strong coffee but only drink two to three cups a day. Can't drink after 2 or 3 p.m., though I would LOVE to . . .

This is great news.

I have one of those new "one cup" coffee makers, and it brews the best coffee ever. It is one of the true pleasures of life.

And I'm Italian, too. I would love to hear more about Italian Espresso habits . ..
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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And I'm Italian, too. I would love to hear more about Italian Espresso habits . ..
She drank black espresso throughout the day (not sure how many cups). I remember her using an old aluminum coffee pot on the stove top. I have always used a coffee press, but I know they tend to leave more oil in the coffee which is not as healthy. I have been thinking about converting to the Italian style pot. But I'm not sure if they would filter out any more of the oil?

Also, my grandmother usually had a shot of sambuca with her espresso after dinner...LOL. She would have a glass of red wine with dinner and then espresso with sambuca after. I think she may have done this daily as she believed it was very healthy for the system... So maybe the sambuca is the real health secret!
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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i'll say it's due to everything but the fish. think mercury and all the other trash they contend with. no fish for me. nor dead animals, thanks.
Yes, I love fish but need to be careful due to the mercury levels. I have a card I carry in my wallet that lists the lower mercury fishes. I try to keep to less oily fishes that are "wild-caught" but it can get tricky. I am always quizzing the fishmonger about the origins of their fish.

I forgot to add garlic to my grandma's list of health foods. She ate a lot of garlic every day.

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k i roast my own from green beans -- my choice of country origin. i drink at least as much as you and probably is the only reason i've been around so long with such fantastic health.
That is very cool... I would love to learn how to do that. I have tried to convince a relative in Hawaii to plant a coffee tree for me but he tells me it is too much work for so little coffee. I would love to be able to roast my own coffee though. I'll look into that. It must taste so much fresher.

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