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I'm behind today, and I think it's because I'm just now having my first cup of coffee, and I can't get moving without my caffeine. (I will check out affordable coffee makers in Home & Garden yesterday.) I'm addicted, and I worry whether it's healthy. Luckily, from what I've just read, it is actually good for us--in small doses.

An article about the health benefits of coffee in the New York Times states:

  • Coffee may reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular diseases may be reduced in coffee drinkers

Why the benefits? Apparently, it's because coffee is richer in antioxidants than even dark-colored grape juice. Antioxidants help control cell damage; and less cell damage means less disease. The caffeine looks to have little or no benefit other than helping us get the sleep out of our eyes.

Of course, though, all things must be consumed in moderation. Doctors suggest we drink no more than 4 to 5 cups a day.

And here's another coffee danger as pointed out by dzsteph: Be careful that your toddler doesn't get burned by hot coffee or the coffeemaker.

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