If anything, our consumption of coffee may have spurred the diabetes epidemic by encouraging people to indulge their cream and sugar cravings all day long, in a socially-encouraged and -reinforced way...
Edit: I've also been told that coffee has the most "flavors" of any beverage out there, orders of magnitude more than wine, or tea. Take it for what you will, I'm not claiming to be capable of distinguishing them, but once you add cream/sugar/etc, you start to neuter the flavors. Savor them my friends, savor them.
Ever since I have been drinking my coffee black and today I can't imagine having milk or sugar in my coffee since it will ruin the glorious taste of it.
It seems like the rats on honey diet just ate less. I don't think this transfers to the honey as sweetener use case, where you'd use about the same amount of sugar compounds to reach desired sweetness level of the beverage.
Sounds like it only works because you end up consuming less, not because honey is fundamentally healthier than sucrose.
I understand that honey and syrup isn't as bad as pure white sugar, but is it really something that is "good"?
But what's wrong with cream?
The important thing is that the dosage makes the the medicine of poison, and that while drinking two or three cups a day may be better for your health than not drinking coffee, drinking ten cups a day is bad for you.
In medicine we say that drugs have a "therapeutic index". That is, there is some window in which the medication is more helpful than harmful. On the low side, there is just no effect. On the high side, toxicities dominate.
No effect -> harmful -> helpful
I'd guess not, but I'm curious as to why.
But the good news is everything is binary - it is all either good or bad - for all of us.
Being “associated with” is pretty meaningless; it’s not the same as being statistically correlated with. The article also states “In fact, coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet, outranking both fruits and vegetables combined”. I view that more as an indictment against the western diet, not an endorsement of coffee as a source of antioxidants.