Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Drink chicory coffee, live forever

The path to immortality.
Those of us who grew up in Louisiana know the goodness -- nay, the godliness -- of chicory coffee. Root chicory is cultivated  as a coffee substitute. The roots are baked, roasted, ground, and used as an additive, especially in the Mediterranean region (where the plant is native).

Chicory was mixed in with coffee when coffee was scarce, particularly during the Civil War and World War II, and apparently some people today make a beverage of strictly chicory. I haven't tried it.

Chicory lends a distinct taste to coffee, which is why people like it even though coffee is plentiful. It's what you will get at the famous Cafe du Monde in New Orleans.

Well .... it seem that we Cajuns will live forever.

Coffee, it turns out, seems to prevent the onset of type two diabetes, according to many studies published by the government. This is the only thing about which I trust the government to get right. Trust me, I have a confirmation bias, and I know how to use it.

You can find articles saying that coffee is bad for people who already have diabetes, so you should talk to your doctor, who probably won't know any more than you do but who will have an opinion. However, the most recent article I could find that is published by the US National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health doesn't mention that.
The fasting blood glucose was significantly lower in normal and diabetic subjects who consumed coffee. Diabetics who drink coffee had significantly lower HbA1c than those who did not drink coffee.
I'm going with it. But here's the kicker: chicory is also good for diabetics! Is there a god or what?
Chicory may be useful as a natural dietary supplement for slowing down the pace of diabetes progress, and delaying the development of its complications.
There you go, boys and girls. Please note: don't throw sugar in your coffee. Use stevia, which also works against diabetes: "Stevia acts on pancreatic tissue to elevate the insulin level and exerts beneficial anti-hyperglycemic effects."

But do pour whole milk in it: "The body of literature gives plausibility to the hypothesis that full-fat dairy foods, including milk, cheese and yogurt, do not contribute to cardiovascular disease risk, and indeed may be inversely associated with it."

And: "A growing body of scientific evidence has linked dairy intake to a reduced type 2 diabetes (T2D) risk. Using an evidence-based approach, we reviewed the most recent and strongest evidence on the relationship between dairy intake and the risk of T2D. Evidence indicates that dairy intake is significantly associated with a reduced T2D risk, and likely in a dose-response manner. The association between low-fat dairy and T2D risk reduction appears consistent. A beneficial impact is suggested for regular-fat dairy."

Just gulp that stuff.

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