Is Coffee Bad For Your Health?: “Better is More”

by Ron


This week, the highly respected Mayo Clinic published findings that suggest excess coffee consumption, defined as more than four cups per day every day, increases the likelihood of early death in people under the age of 55.  The study concluded, in part: “On the basis of these findings, it seems appropriate to suggest that younger people avoid heavy coffee consumption (ie, averaging >4 cups per day).”

Hmm?  That doesn’t sound like bad advice.  However, other equally legitimate recent studies from equally credible medical sources such as the New England Journal of Medicine suggest a positive health impact from moderate consumption of coffee.

Alice G. Walton wrote a thoughtful, balanced piece in Forbes magazine this morning.

What is a coffee lover supposed to do?  Give up coffee?  Drink more coffee?  From our perspective, the best course of action is to consume coffee, like everything else, in moderation (seemingly four cups or less per day?).  If you have any concerns, check with your doctor, who can provide advice about coffee consumption specific to your personal health condition.

So, is coffee bad for your health?  Based on recent studies, it seems coffee might be good for you and it probably won’t hurt you in moderation.  Our advice: Drink moderate amounts of quality coffee… that is, better is more.

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4 Responses to “Is Coffee Bad For Your Health?: “Better is More””

  1. D. Stater says:

    “Coffee contains a substance called cafestol that is a potent stimulator of LDL cholesterol levels. Cafestolis found in the oily fraction of coffee, and when you brew coffee with a paper filter, the cafestol gets left behind in the filter. Other methods of coffee preparation, such as the boiled coffee common in Scandinavian countries, French press coffee, or Turkish coffee, are much higher in cafestol.”

    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/coffee/

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2029499

    http://wisecoffee.blogspot.com/2012/12/french-press-increases-ldl-cholesterol.html

  2. D. Stater says:

    Without PAPER FILTERS,

  3. Adam Kielich says:

    Is that the caffeine consumption at issue or the coffee without regard for the caffeine?

  4. Matthew says:

    (I’m including two links, so I won’t be surprised if this gets automatically flagged as spam or the links are removed. Hopefully Ron or someone else will see it even if it doesn’t make it on the blog page as a comment. :)

    The following articles (which document sources) indicate that coffee may help curb cancer, and that it may improve cardiovascular health.

    http://www.vitalchoice.com/shop/pc/articlesView.asp?id=2026

    http://www.vitalchoice.com/shop/pc/articlesView.asp?id=2020

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