A cup a day...

Many avoid coffee because it's been thought that coffee is not healthy.

According to an ABC News article, a study released from the University of Scranton said that coffee is America's no. 1 source of anti-oxidants. It's not necessarily that coffee is the best source, it's just the most common one that Americans consume, averaging eight ounces a day. Anti-oxidants are an important part of the diet, since it helps protect the body from disease.

"Antioxidants are your army to protect you from the toxic free radicals, which come from breathing oxygen and eating sugar, that start chronic diseases," said Dr. Joe Vinson, the chemistry professor who led the coffee study. "Antioxidants help stave off cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke." (courtesy of ABC News).

An article on The New York Times suggests that coffee may aid in the prevention of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.