While walking along Wildcat Boulevard the other day, I was thinking about some food studies I had read. It was one of those cold, cold days that we had, and perhaps I was thinking about how good a hot cup of coffee would be when I got back to the house.

Studies about coffee have been of great interest to me. I drink lots of coffee and am confused as one study says drinking coffee is good for a person and the next says coffee is bad. Some studies even specify how many cups a person should drink per day. Each new study comes up with different results.

Most studies I have read claim that red wine is good if taken in moderation. There is even a Welch’s grape juice commercial that claims grape juice has the same good qualities that wine does.

The wine industry in Missouri has grown in the last 50 years. Norton grapes are the most grown in this area, and they are mostly used to produce red wine. In fact, I believe that Norton grapes are the Missouri state grape.

Both the University of Arkansas and Missouri State University have a large interest in grapes and wine making. In recent years, Neosho has recognized Hermann Jaeger’s impressive contribution to the world’s grape production over 100 years ago.

Studies of mold and fungal diseases are still a part of the grape growing industry. Recently, I read that most scientists discover traces of Jaeger’s work when they research these grape vine diseases.

Blueberries are another fruit that is supposed to have “good” things that make a person more healthy. Cranberries are recommended by many scholars to help people, especially older people, live better lives. Doesn’t drinking cherry juice cure gout?

There have been studies of how good or bad eggs are. How can the food designed to nourish a pre-hatched chick be bad? How can milk be bad when it was created to nurture a young animal?
Broccoli, raw carrots, asparagus, and celery are supposed to be good for us. If so, why aren’t these vegetables ground and put in baby bottles?

Take a walk, don’t take as a fact all food studies, watch for pedestrians, use your signal lights, and see what you notice or think about while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.

Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.