As I've explained previously, drinking 3-4 cups of coffee every day gives you a huge health boost. It lowers your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and of contracting coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, Parkinson's disease and type 2 diabetes.

Coffee is also the closest thing to a Marvel Comics-style Super Serum that scientists have ever discovered. It measurably speeds your reflexes, improves your vision, sends more oxygen to your brain, reduces pain and makes you physically stronger.

Anyway, just when I thought there couldn't possibly be any further good news about coffee, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition earlier this year found that coffee causes your appetite, waist circumference and BMI to experience "a significant decline."

As if that weren't the best freakin' news ever, the randomized clinical trial used decaffeinated green coffee bean extract which means that you can harness the slimming power of coffee even if you're drinking the low-test. Wow!

Like other research, the study showed that coffee (even decaf, please note) "significantly reduces fasting blood glucose [and] insulin resistance" which means that the coffee is improving your vitals even as it's helping you to lose extra weight.

It need hardly be said that to get these benefits you've got to drink your coffee without sugar, creamer and artificial flavors, all of which (especially the first two) more than negate most of the health benefits.

Also, there's significant evidence that drinking coffee while pregnant increases a woman's risk of low birth rate and preterm labor. So, obviously, if you're expecting, you'll have to avoid both coffee and (to be safe) caffeine, too.

Bottom line: enjoying a quart or so of high-quality black coffee should be part of your regular daily routine. Salut!