The American Chemical Society ain’t kidding:
Coffee provides more than just a morning jolt; that steaming cup of java is also the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Scranton (Pa.). Their study was described today at the 230th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.
“Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close,” says study leader Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a chemistry professor at the university. Although fruits and vegetables are generally promoted as good sources of antioxidants, the new finding is surprising because it represents the first time that coffee has been shown to be the primary source from which most Americans get their antioxidants, Vinson says. Both caffeinated and decaf versions appear to provide similar antioxidant levels, he adds.
He cautions that high antioxidant levels in foods and beverages don’t necessarily translate into levels found in the body. The potential health benefits of these antioxidants ultimately depends on how they are absorbed and utilized in the body, a process that is still poorly understood…
What’s truly poorly understood is how the ACS can publish such an irresponsible media frenzy-generating headline about the research that has no evidence of any health benefits!
The press release…
RELATED (8/30/05): This basic chemistry research–which is neither medical nor nutritional–was funded by the American Cocoa Research Institute. Recent AP story documents multiple attempts by the industry to make a food into something that it is not: Health Benefits for Chocolate? Not Yet.