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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...
Definition Caffeine is a substance that exists naturally in certain plants. It can also be produced synthetically and used as an additive in food products. It is a central nervous system stimulant and a diuretic, which means it increases urination. Caffeine overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medication. This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management of an actual poison exposure. If you have an exposure, you should call your local emergency number (such as 911) or the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. Poisonous Ingredient Caffeine Where Found Certain soft drinks (such as Pepsi, Coke, Mountain Dew) Certain teas Chocolate, including hot chocolate drinks Coffee Over-the-counter stimulants that help you stay awake such as NoDoz, Vivarin, Caffedrine, and others Note: This list may not be all-inclusive.
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