Let the joy spring forth!

chocolate cake and coffee


I am talking about chocolate and coffee. Next thing you know, smoking in moderation will be good for you.

Eating up to 100 grams, or two bars, of chocolate daily is linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk, according to research published Monday in the journal Heart.

And coffee:

But there is some surprising good news for those nursing damaged livers: a new review of 20 years of research, co-authored by Canadian and U.S. researchers, concludes that drinking coffee can significantly curb the seriousness of liver cirrhosis — and even lower the risk of contracting a deadly cancer.

The heated debate over whether coffee represents an overall health benefit or risk for the general population will undoubtedly continue.

But a Toronto specialist who helped conduct the review says he now recommends liver-disease sufferers drink two or three cups a day, more if they can tolerate it.

There is much wisdom in the idea that no pleasure is worth giving up for an extra two years in the old folks’ home. There is a certain kind of envious nature that resents, silently, the pleasure that happy people take in life, and seeks to crush it. Not every pleasure is, in moderation, a vice. And moderation should be generously interpreted; your weigh scale will tell you what you need to know.


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