Well for those of us who cannot function in the morning before a nice, steamy mug of coffee, or who enjoy that daily afternoon trip to your local Starbucks for a Venti coffee of the day, there has certainly been some good news recently.
Turns out that a recent study done by Dutch researchers followed more than 37,000 people in The Netherlands for 13 years in one of the largest and longest studies ever to examine the impact of coffee and tea drinking on heart health. What they found even surprised me!!
The study discovered that people who drank three to six cups of tea per day had a 45% lower risk of death from heart disease than people who drank less than one cup of tea a day, and that people who drank more than two, but no more than four, cups of coffee a day had about a 20% lower risk of heart disease than people who drank more or less coffee or no coffee at all. The study researcher did mention that while this particular study did not include people with known heart d...
Over the years, coffee has been much maligned as an indulgence, a trigger of blood pressure and brown teeth, a diuretic that works against good hydration. Some studies from the 1980s even suggested increased risk for heart attack. Coffee has been classified by many in the "undesirable" list, along with hydrogenated fats and too much alcohol.
But there's another part of the discussion that often gets little attention: coffee's ability to reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes and heart disease.
Initial studies suggested that coffee consumption, especially in non-coffee drinkers, increases blood sugar. Coffee consumption especially increases blood sugar after a meal, with caffeinated coffee eliciting a greater response compared to decaffeinated coffee.
However, chronic consumption may be different, i.e. habitual consumption of coffee over a long period. A recent Dutch study demonstrated that coffee reduces after-eating, or postprandial, glucose, up to 8.8% wit...
During my pregnancies in the late 70s, it was determined by some researchers that if a woman drank anything with caffeine, her child would be born with 12 toes among other horrifying defects. This was the day of the earth mother. We were also told we were bad mothers if we had any anesthetic for childbirth and we'd better make my our baby's food from scratch, as the jarred stuff would kill my darling child.
So, I did what pregnant women do. I bent over backward (it was impossible to bend over frontward, anyway) to avoid anything that may harm my child. I gave up my morning coffee. I didn't even dare drink tea. Both of these substances have since been found to be loaded with antioxidants which are exceptionally good for us (and our chidren), and to the best of my knowledge, pregnant women are not jailed for having a cup of coffee.
Nevertheless, I am still defensive. So, while enjoying my second cup of coffee this morning, I half-wittedly searched the Web looki...
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