Nutrition Action Applauds Coffee

Nutrition Action Health Letter’s cover story for Jan./Feb. 2011 highlights unexpected and surprising health findings from the last 40 years, on the occasion of the 40th birthday of the journal’s sponsor, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

The writers cover changes in thinking on nutritional themes during this time period. Some of the items reported on included, among others, antioxidant supplements, sugary beverages, the need for sleep, and coffee. It used to be believed that coffee increased the risk of heart attacks. Now however, because of recent studies, it’s appearing that coffee is on the contrary, quite good for us.

ROASTe has covered more than a few research reports on the health benefits of coffee. We have reported that coffee is associated with lower risks of liver cancer, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson ’s disease. The Nutrition Action article also mentions gout and gallstones. Though this isn’t breaking news, it IS interesting and important that a journal such as the Nutrition Action has said that coffee “has turned out to be a health-promoting beverage rather than a carcinogen.”

Many consumers may shy away from coffee because of the suspicion it was under in the past. Now that those false claims have been proven to be exactly that, all of us who love coffee can savor the brew without worry. Nevertheless, we always issue the reminder that even with health benefits there can be too much of a good thing, so moderate intake of coffee is urged. That means about three cups a day. Enjoy!

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