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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...
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...
Alternative Names Diet - caffeine Food Sources Caffeine is widely consumed. It is found naturally in the leaves, seeds, and fruits of more than 60 plants, including: Tea leaves Kola nuts Coffee Cocoa beans It is in: Coffee Tea Chocolate Most colas (unless they are labeled "caffeine-free") Caffeine is often added to over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers , over-the-counter diet pills, and cold medicines. Caffeine has no flavor and it can be removed from a food by a chemical process called decaffeination.
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