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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...
Some good things are also good for you. My wife claims that I eat all sorts of bad tasting things to control my diabetes. But it turns out now that some of the great tasting things that I love are also healthy. Last month I wrote about “Living the Good Life with Diabetes”. Triple espressos at my favorite coffee shop on most mornings are one of the things that make me happy. I’m even happier now to read that the caffeine in coffee and espresso has a positive “metabolic effect.” This is according to research to be published in the August 30 issue of Physiology & Behavior. Margriet Westerterp-Plantegena of Maastricht University’s department of human biology in the Netherlands and her colleagues writes about the “Metabolic effects of spices, teas, and caffeine.” These effects are “greater thermogenesis and in some cases…greater satiety,” they write. I thought I knew what thermogenesis means, but I looked it up to b...
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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