Coffee? A super food? The bitter beverage maligned for generations is actually good for you?

Who knew? Why isn’t Tims shouting the news from its rooftops? On second thought… we don’t need longer lineups at the local Tims.

The redemption of coffee was one of the hot news items gleaned from a recent lunch and presentation on Alzheimer’s attended by The AgriNews editorial writer who has never been a java drinker but is now considering taking up what used to be seen as a nasty habit.

Coffee’s myriad of admirable qualities was related by Mary Campbell with the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Alzheimer’s Society. As for the dreaded caffeine… did you know that coffee naturally contains only one per cent of the stimulant?

The lunch was a remarkable compilation of many so-called super foods. For $8, participants dined in style on blueberry balsamic-glazed chicken with rosemary, dark green salad with cherries and avocado, couscous pilaf, chocolate truffles, lemon cake and watermelon with coconut.

According to Campbell, most of those items are super good for you, the blueberries, cherries, avocado, dark green leafy vegetables, dark chocolate, coconut and delectable watermelon. The lemon cake… not so much! It must be even better if washed down with coffee.

When bellies were full, some tables a were set aside for Campbell’s Alzheimer’s talk and slide show, starting with the fact the cause of the disease is unknown and that it falls under the general dementia umbrella.

Then she gave a play-by-play of the best foods you can eat to help ward off the effects of Alzheimer’s, everything already mentioned as well as fish, flaxseed, the once excommunicated eggs, gag-inducing kale, and apples. When you consider fruit, think red, Campbell observed.

Even cinnamon because of its properties is now considered a wonder food… but not the bad cinnamon! To learn how to differentiate the good from the bad, contact Campbell because our editorial writer was too busy chowing down to take notes.

Put another pot of coffee on, please!