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Re-javanation: That cuppa joe might have some health benefits

Is coffee a health drink? Not quite, but some research suggests that it could protect against diabetes and other conditions.

Don't you love it when this happens? Something that was bad for you, or at least questionable, turns out to have health benefits. It's happened with chocolate (although the claims for chocolate are going a little too far) and alcohol (although only in moderation). Now it seems to be coffee's turn.

Study findings from 2004 and 2005 suggest it might actually be good for us. A 2005 article in the British Journal of Nutrition asked whether coffee should be considered a "functional food" — one that has health benefits beyond basic nutrition.

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