Black Coffee in Bed-with Steak and Eggs

11 04 2011

I know when I get up in the morning, particularly after a long night, I need my morning coffee. Cocoa may be the Food of The Gods, but this little magic bean is what keeps them, and me, going. Back in the day I had done some research with caffeine basically demonstrating a very negligible effect on heart muscle with the exception of some impaired relaxation at very high doses. The results were so unimpressive it was never published anywhere. But deep down, I knew that cup of Java woke up my neurons so they could get me through the day. Some studies have suggested that coffee drinkers actually learn better, absorbing and maintaining more material than those that don’t partake. Now there’s evidence that coffee will help your noggin long term. Two studies, one from Finland looking at over 26,000 male smokers (a high risk group) found that coffee consumption lowered the stroke risk by 23%, among those that drank 8 or more cups per day. Another study out of UCLA and USC looking at over 9,000 people found the lowest risk for stroke was among those that drank the most coffee; the highest among those that drank none. Women who drank 2 to four cups per day had about a 20% risk reduction according to the Harvard Nurse’s Health Study, which looked at over 83,000 women. A similar sized study looking at 81,000 men and women out of Japan found a likewise 23% risk reduction for 1-2 cups per day.

If you’re going to get that coffee in bed based on the above, you might as well have some grass fed free range beef and cage free vegetarian fed hen produced eggs. Why, you might ask? Because a recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggested that “some vegetarians may be increasing their risk of heart problems from nutritional deficiencies in their diets… (they) found that vegetarian diets are often lacking in some key nutrients. These include vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids.”  Both of those nutrients are found in abundance in the aforementioned steak and eggs. And the implication here that a vegan or vegetarian diet leads to increased risk is just a hypothesis. But who wants to take the risk when the prevention is just so darn tasty?

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11 04 2011
Julia

Great info on the health benefits of coffee and grass fed beef. I have been drinking coffee for a big portion of my life, but I have recently made the switch over to grass fed beef from traditional grain fed beef. I just can’t get enough of it!! Unfortunately, this type of beef is not readily available in my area. So I have been ordering Grass Fed Steak online. If you are looking for a great place, I would recommend La Cense Beef. They have so many yummy steaks and beef to choose from.

11 04 2011
Kara

Yes, I agree I love my morning coffee (can’t live without it actually) and the flavor of grass fed beef is just amazing. I have recently learned about all the health benefits. It is absolutely higher in omega 3 acids and lower in calorie and fat as opposed to traditional grain fed beef. I have a hard time finding grass fed beef
locally so I order via the internet from La Cense Beef. It’s a great way to get your meat. It’s so fast and convenient.

13 04 2011
Koek!

Thanks for this info Doc – there are always so many conflicting reports about coffee… It’s nice to have definitive info from a source I trust 🙂 Also, I was a vegetarian for two years and a vegan for two months… (I lasted two months and then attacked a rump steak without a smidge of guilt and never looked back.) Man, those were the hungriest two months of my life! I no longer believe eating meat or eggs is ‘evil’, or unhealthy, as long as we eat ethically and conscientiously. Ooooh, now for a cup of java…
x

13 04 2011
What's Cooking with Dr. Mike: The Grassroots Gourmet™

@Koek: My pleasure! Glad you are back at the top iof the food chain!
@TOB: Do you eat them to keep your brother at bay! LOL!

25 04 2011
E Stelling

I did it…I made steak and eggs for breakfast on Saturday!

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