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More on coffee: Cola, not coffee, raises blood pressure

March 1, 2006

More on coffee

Cola, not coffee, raises blood pressure

"I love coffee; I love tea; I love the java jive, and it loves me. …" Most "caf-fiends" can identify with the lighthearted "Java Jive." But many people have serious concerns about caffeinated coffee. One worry is high blood pressure. We know that a cup of coffee can temporarily boost blood pressure, but does a regular coffee habit cause a chronic condition?

Caffeinated coffee actually confers some benefits, lowering the risk for diabetes, colon cancer, gallstones, and Parkinson's disease, and improving cognitive function and physical endurance. A November 2005 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) continues the good news — concluding that there's no link between coffee and hypertension. But the news isn't all good. Cola drinkers, listen up.

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