Time for coffee?
Along the banks of the Delaware River it was dark and frigid. Their soldiers were exhausted and hungry, and so were they. General Washington broke the silence. “How much more can we ask of them? If our soldiers mutinied tonight I’d not blame them.”
His voice betrayed a sense of despair. General Green sensed impending defeat as dawn stated to break through the scudding clouds. Since starting their walk along the banks of the river he had remained silent. He respected the gravity of their situation and the need for reflection.
Yet he knew General Washington was at the breaking point and needed all the support he could get. So as they approached the officers’ barracks, he finally addressed his commander. “George, I don’t know about you but I’m frozen. Let’s warm up with a coffee.”
It didn’t take long for them to regain confidence, inspire their troops, and storm across the Delaware to a stunning victory.
That cup of coffee was good for them, too. Not only to boost morale, but for other health benefits as well. We know a lot of you have been reaching for that second cup of coffee with all the holiday hustle and bustle, so we figured you’d like to know – it’s okay! A recent issue of “Heart” medical journal studied the relationship between coffee and coronary artery calcium. In a large sample of people free of coronary disease, it found that the coffee drinkers had lower coronary artery calcium scores. (Calcium in the coronary arteries detected by a CT scan is a risk factor for future coronary events.) In fact, those having 3 – 5 cups per day had the lowest scores for calcium.
The relationship between coffee and health has remained controversial. Yet other studies have shown improved insulin sensitivity and a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes. Positive benefits in blood lipids such as LDL cholesterol have also been reported.
So while you may not capture Trenton, don’t feel guilty when you reach for that second cup of coffee!