Coffee drinkers, rejoice! Aside from the energy jolt you'll receive from coffee, food scientists say you may reap another health benefit from a daily cup of joe: prevention of deteriorating eyesight and possible blindness from retinal degeneration.
"Coffee is the most popular drink in the world, and we are understanding what benefit we can get from that," said Chang Y. Lee, professor of food science at Cornell University.
Raw coffee is, on average, just 1 percent caffeine, but it contains 7 to 9 percent chlorogenic acid (CLA), a strong antioxidant that prevents retinal degeneration in mice, according to a Cornell study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (December 2013).
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