Did anyone notice that the ADA (American Diabetes Association) is selling its very own brand of organic coffee called Grounds for A Cause? Now this is interesting: name-brand coffee from my national advocacy organization. Wow.
We're always reading conflicting accounts of what caffeine does to your health: it may impair your metabolism and make your blood sugar go up, or it may actually prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes, or it may just irritate your digestive system and raise your blood pressure. But it also might just make you really happy...
I'm a HUGE coffee fan, myself. Good coffee, that is. (I'm a little spoiled by all those years in Europe.)
A brand new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition this month reports that healthy women who drank upwards of six cups of coffee per day were no more likely than abstainers to develop hypertension (high blood pressure) over the next decade. On the other hand, women who drank coffee occasionally or in moderation -- from zero to three cups a day -- had a higher risk of developing high blood pressure than the heavy coffee drinkers or the abstainers.
For men, the risk of high blood pressure did not significantly increase or decrease, regardless of how much coffee they drank each day. Yoohoo!
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Even the New York Times feature this week about what various beverages do to your Bod states that "Caffeine itself is not thought to be a problem for health or water balance in the body, up to 400 milligrams a day (the amount in about 30 ounces of brewed coffee)."
OK, so it looks like the ADA did its homework here. We're free to enjoy a cup of worry-free Java for The Cause.