• Nectar of the Finns

Just the day after Kevin Warwick’s coffee saga ran in the Reader, the Atlantic‘s blog featured a post on new research showing all sorts of beneficial effects from drinking coffee. Most recently, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes (interestingly, this holds whether it’s regular or decaf). Coffee drinking’s also been linked to lowered risks of colon cancer and heart disease, and may help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. That’s why some doctors are now recommending that people drink at least a couple of cups a day. Some go further—”What I tell patients is, if you like coffee, go ahead and drink as much as you want and can,” Dr. Peter Martin told Lindsay Abrams, author of the Atlantic piece.