Alumni Ink: Coffee is Good for You

From Vitamin C and Organic Foods to Low-Carb and Detox Diets: The Truth About Diet and Nutrition Claims.

By Michelle Valigursky

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Coffee is Good for You

Every day the international media touts one diet or another, making claims about food that can confuse even the most educated person. In his book Coffee is Bad Good for You, Rollins School of Public Health Visiting Instructor Robert J. Davis 90PH “cuts through the clutter to reveal what’s believable and what’s not in a fun and easily digestible way.”

“Though food is supposed to be one of life’s simple pleasures, few things cause more angst and confusion. Every day we are bombarded with come-ons for the latest diet, promises for “clinically proven” miracle ingredients, and warnings about contaminants in our favorite foods. It’s enough to give anybody indigestion,” the book cover describes.  

The Healthy Skeptic

Did you know these fun food facts?

- Locally grown produce isn’t necessarily more healthy than fruits and vegetables from across the globe.

- Milk isn’t necessary for strong bones.

- Oatmeal really can lower cholesterol.

- Sea salt isn’t more healthful than regular salt.

- Low-fat cookies may be worse for you than high-fat cheese.

Davis is an award-winning health journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, PBS, and WebMD, and in the Wall Street Journal. He is founder and editor in chief of and the author of The Healthy Skeptic. 

Editor's Note: Emory alumni authors including Davis will be signing their books and greeting readers at this year's Decatur Book Festival September 5 and 6. For more information on the full festival schedule, please visit here.

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Michelle Valigursky