The Finns love coffee. They have the highest coffee consumption rate in the world. I love coffee. I also love tea, but really my day doesn't begin without a cup of coffee.
Although my husband loves Finland and all things Finnish, he views caffeine as a gateway drug. He loves iced tea, but always asks, "Is there caffeine in here"? I am left with the choice of a wisecrack answer, "no, it's brown water with lemon slices" or the lie, "of course not, dear." Iced tea without sugar is one thing. Iced tea without caffeine is worthless.
Well, today on NPR I heard that Alzheimer researchers indulge in the gateway drug 5-6 times a day. This is thanks in part to research from Finland.
One recent study comes from Finland where researchers followed about 1,400 coffee drinkers for more than two decades. Researchers found one group seemed to benefit the most: the people who'd been drinking three to five cups of coffee a day in their 40s and 50s.
And on this happy note I will start my second cup of the day!