Those of you who went for the Coffee Santhe at the beautiful boulevard on MG Road, Bangalore, would have smelt, sipped and admired the coffee varieties and other goodies there. It was a treat to see the coffee video, listen to the coffee story, experience the different flavours of coffee, and admire the various ways in which coffee can be a part of our lives. Coffee jewelry, coffee flavoured desserts, coffee furniture, varieties of kaapi and coffee vied for attention.
The health brochures on coffee brought out by the Coffee Board caught my attention. A brochure on coffee & Parkinson’s says that there could be an inverse relationship between coffee drinking and the development of Parkinson’s although the mechanism of action is yet to be identified. Another brochure quoted a study to say that men who drank 2 to 3 cups of coffee per day had lesser risk of gall bladder stones. The brochure on coffee and diabetes said that there could be a protective mechanism of coffee against type 2 diabetes, although this area requires much more research and is currently inconclusive.
While coffee is definitely coming back into the limelight, most research studies are being done in the western countries. The effects of coffee on health seen there might not necessarily apply to us or vice versa. India has a large coffee-drinking population and it would be worthwhile to run studies in our country to understand the true efficacy on health.
Meanwhile, if you’re a coffee drinker enjoy it but keep the intake to 2 cups a day.