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The Truth About Coffee: Number 27


August 2016

The truth about coffee: Number 27

Coffee is an acquired taste.  You have to work at liking it.

Cycling and coffee go together like good times and noodle salad.  It really is good for you too.  Last I checked, which was a year ago, coffee still retained the title of the most free radical blasting antioxidants of any foodstuff known to man.  Or woman.  By several times…  That Acai berry juice?  Yeah, ten times the cost of coffee and a fraction of the antioxidants.  

The trick to much of the research showing it has cancer causing agents is in testing.  There are 27 chemical compounds in coffee.  Several of them, if injected into a subject in the maximal dosage, will cause cancer over time.  Here’s the trick; you can’t drink enough coffee to meet the dosage.  It’s almost impossible.

Remember the ridiculous claim that a glass of wine was as good as an hour at the gym?  Yeah, more like 11 bottles.  Same principle, just reversed.  It would take 11 bottles to equal an hour at the gym… This is where it gets fun:  There are 625 calories in a bottle of red wine.  You would have to consume 6,875 calories to equal an hour at the gym.

End result?  You’re a fat drunk. 

I did the math.

Coffee is not equivalent to spending time at the gym, it just makes riding more enjoyable…  I drink two cups before every ride, whether I need it or not.  Then a couple of more after.  Then a couple of more when I meet with my ex-drunk friends.  All we need is a coffee maker, a friend and a resentment and it’s a meeting.  We are excited to meet all of the folks who thought wine equals gym time.  I’ll be smiling inside.

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