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Meet Your Friendly (and Deadly?) Coffee Bean

Posted on Aug 15, 2006
Ambiguously healthy coffee

The contents of this cup could either cause or counter a heart attack, depending on which recent study you believe.

The java in this cup could either cause or counter a heart attack, depending on which recent study you believe. The American Medical Association says, drink up; an assistant professor at Brown says, sedentary types: beware.

Coffee Is Your Friend

N.Y. Times:

Coffee is not usually thought of as health food, but a number of recent studies suggest that it can be a highly beneficial drink. Researchers have found strong evidence that coffee reduces the risk of several serious ailments, including diabetes, heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.

Among them is a systematic review of studies published last year in The Journal of the American Medical Association, which concluded that habitual coffee consumption was consistently associated with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes. Exactly why is not known, but the authors offered several explanations.

Coffee contains antioxidants that help control the cell damage that can contribute to the development of the disease. It is also a source of chlorogenic acid, which has been shown in animal experiments to reduce glucose concentrations.


Coffee Is Your Enemy

HealthDay News:

An occasional cup of coffee might trigger first heart attacks in some people, a new study suggests.

“One cup or less of coffee per day may set off heart attacks in people with a sedentary lifestyle or with three or more risk factors for heart disease,” said study author Ana Baylin, an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health at Brown University, in Rhode Island.

This latest finding will most likely keep the coffee debate percolating among health experts. Previous research has suggested that coffee does not raise heart risks, and might even protect against high blood pressure and diabetes. As a matter of fact, only decaffeinated coffee has been shown to possibly boost the chances of cardiovascular trouble.


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By zenw huolzf, August 20, 2006 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment
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By C Quil, August 16, 2006 at 10:53 am Link to this comment
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A good cup of coffee is one of life’s small luxuries, like wine and chocolate, or a delicious meal. It invigorates and sustains.

Stress, war, disease, or incompetent governments are more likely to kill you than coffee. They should be sorted out first.

And coffee will help you!

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By Spinoza, August 16, 2006 at 8:15 am Link to this comment
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Every day takes you closer to death.  So enjoy life and make life better for future generations.

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By Coffee Lover, August 16, 2006 at 3:18 am Link to this comment
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I’m a power plant worker, working 12 hour rotating shifts (days, nights, days, ad infinitum) so I’m very friendly with coffee.
Coffee makes you really amped, to where you are so tired that it hurts to stay awake, but you can’t go to sleep. You know what was really good and didn’t amp me out? Ephedra. Total political crock that it was taken off the market (instigated by the pharmaceutical companies, I’d guess). Millions of Chinese have taken it for 5000 years, and they didn’t have a problem with it.
Shift workers and those with jet-lag NEED something that doesn’t amp them out. Too bad we’re stuck with the java jitters.

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By DeanOR, August 15, 2006 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment
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The studies described here are not in conflict with one another, or inconsistent, at all. In fact, the studies as reported in the article do a good job of helping sort out the multiply factors that interact with caffiene consumption and its relation to health or disease.
Don’t get it? Read it again, or go learn something about science.

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By Greg Sherwin, August 15, 2006 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment
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This is precisely why my coffee blog refuses to cover the latest health-related coffee press release du jour as a matter of policy. Unfortunately American media has a terrible dearth of critical science editors in popular publications, and the result is a steady stream of confusing and conflicting one-offs that just add noise to people’s lives.

Worse still, perhaps, are those who have not yet recognized the worthlessness of the random citation parade. And yet these stories keep getting reported and have regular coverage, so they must be popular the way that car wrecks are.

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By rachelle, August 15, 2006 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment
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Drink what you want… You ain’t gonna live much longer anyway AND you may as well enjoy it while you’re at it! Grrr… don’t try to take my morning coffee away.

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