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5 New Reasons Coffee Is The Best Thing Ever

More than 60 percent of Americans drink one or more cups of coffee daily, according to the National Coffee Association USA. (Photo: Volker Möhrke/Corbis) Go ahead, indulge your love affair with steaming hot Joe. In addition to having the superpower of transforming cranky morning-monsters into pleasant, friendly monsters that vaguely resemble well-functioning human beings, coffee has some pretty amazing science-backed health benefits.

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Dr. Barry Sears

All of these health benefits can be attributed to polyphenols.  The vast majority of polyphenols in the American Diet come from coffee instead of fruits and vegetables because of the amount of coffee drunk in this country.  In the Mediterranean region most of the polyphenols come from fruits and vegetables.  Polyphenols from fruits and vegetables are more complex than those from coffee.  This is one of the primary reasons for the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

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