Is Coffee Bad Or Good For Your Health? Two Experts Debate

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IS COFFEE BAD
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It's been linked to decreased risk of skin and prostate cancers. It might lower depression risk in women. It could protect you from Type 2 diabetes. It might stave off Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. And it tastes good.

Uh, where do we sign up?

Over the past few years, a body of scientific evidence has built up pointing to the many health benefits of coffee. No wonder more than 50 percent of Americans enjoy a daily java fix. But before you grab a celebratory cup of joe (or seven), consider this: Coffee is also an addictive stimulant that could come with enough side effects to give some experts the jitters.

We sensed a serious debate, er, brewing. And so we asked HuffPost Wellness Editor Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald and HuffPost blogger Mark Hyman, M.D., to break down both sides of the coffee debate.

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Pre-debate poll:

Tell us your opinion before the debate starts to set the starting line

Coffee is a health food.

Agree - Thanks for voting! Please proceed to read the debate below

Please vote to proceed to the debate

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Who makes the better argument?

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POST DEBATE POLL

Did one of the arguments change your mind?

Coffee is a health food.

VIEW DEBATE ROUND 1 RESULTS

Agree - Thanks for voting again! Here are the results:

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"Agree""Disagree"Neither argumenthas changed the most minds

 
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