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The latest scoop on the health benefits of coffee
- By Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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I used to drink quite heavily. Felt groggy the next day and put on a lot of weight. six months ago I substituted a cup of coffee for each cocktail I used to drink.
I feel better, have lost about 24 pounds and have much more energy. I drink 4-6 cups a day and have no problem sleeping.
Very enlightening post about the merits and demerits. Thanks for sharing!
Coffee, Wine, Chocolate all healthy now..I love them all!
YOU HAVE NOT CONSIDERED THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING THE COFFEE BEANS PROPERLY ROASTED AND THE TEMPERATURE AT
WHICH YOU DISTILL( PERCOLATE,FILTER) YOU COFFEE. dO TOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE GALIC ACID ( ACIDO GALICO) IN COFFE OVER ROASTTED?
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Kindest regards Heather
Great article. But the Asians have solved this quandary for us. Drink tea. They have been doing this for longer than time itself and the health benefits are never disputed. Plus, recently there has been too many scientific flip-flops like this. I don’t trust any product that was once on a cancer list and now is on a healthy list! I for one won’t change my habits and will designate coffee as a possible carcinogenic. Please also check to make sure the study was not funded by Starbucks.
The study was funded by research grants with no connection to the coffee industry. (And coffee was never truly on the “cancer list” – a single study suggesting a cancer connection was compellingly discounted given its flawed statistical methods).
People who are caffeine sensitive should consider taking this article more lightly; the rise in coffee houses would like us to think coffee is not a ‘drug’, but for some like myself coffee isn’t good. Just one cup in the morning and I get heart palpitations when I try to sleep at night, also I have noticed it tends to make any PMT symptoms such as sore breasts worse. Much as I love a coffee, if I am out I have to view coffee as a ‘treat’, here in the UK I ask for ‘one shot’, this usually helps.
One side effect of drinking a few cups of coffee a day is that if you are quenching your thirst with coffee, and urinating frequently, you may not be drinking enough other liquids to hydrate yourself. This can contribute to kidney stones (I had one). Now I try to drink a cup of water for each cup of coffee I drink in a day.
I switched from coffee to green tea last year and love it! Hot green tea in the morning and ice down the remaining(including the 5 tea bags) in a 52 oz travel mug.
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