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COFFEE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

A EuroPRevent session report by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee highlights the potential role of coffee consumption in reducing CVD mortality risk

24 June, 2015 Drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day could cut an individual’s cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality risk by up to 21%, according to research highlighted in a EuroPRevent session report published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee Continue reading COFFEE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

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COFFEE AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most frequent cause of dementia. It is estimated that between 50-70% of people with dementia suffer from AD. In addition, approximately one person out of twenty over the age of 65 suffers from AD, as opposed to less than one person in a thousand under the age of 65. Approximately 26 million people suffer from AD.  By 2025, the percentage of people in the EU aged over 65 is predicted to rise from 15.4% of the population to 22.4%, which is likely to correlate with a rise in AD.

In 2014 Alzheimer Europe published an updated systematic review of papers reporting the prevalence of dementia.  The authors concluded that for the majority of age groups Continue reading COFFEE AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

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6 BENEFITS OF DRINKING COFFEE

Taking the benefits of coffee any further requires being patient-specific, but findings apply to a broad range of populations and conditions:

1.    If you have fatty liver disease, a study from last December found that unspecified amounts can reduce your risk of fibrosis.

2.    If you’re on a road trip, you may respond like the 24 volunteers for an experiment from February who were subjected to two hours of simulated “monotonous highway driving,” Continue reading 6 BENEFITS OF DRINKING COFFEE

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6 BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA

STIMULATING DRINK

Green tea can perk you up due to the caffeine it contains.  This caffeine is from a natural source and completely different from the caffeine found in soft drinks and in smaller amounts than what is contained in a cup of coffee. It can serve as a healthy replacement for coffee and other “energy” drinks.

HYDRATES THE BODY

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HOW TO DECAF COFFEE

Coffee beans can be decaffeinated by two methods.  The water process and the solvent process.

In the “water process” green beans are soaked in hot water for 10 minutes to 2 hours.  In addition to leeching out most of the caffeine, this process removes most of the compounds that give coffee its flavour.  Manufactures then have to return as much of the lost flavour compounds as possible.  After soaking, the caffeine-laced water is drawn off and the caffeine is removed.  There are two ways to do this.

The water is mixed with a caffeine-specific solvent such as methylene chloride or ethyl acetate.

WHAT IS METHYLENE CHLORIDE?

Methylene chloride is a highly volatile result of industrial emissions.  It can be used as a paint stripper, degreaser, aerosol spray propellant and a blowing agent for polyurethane foams.  It is metabolized by the body to carbon monoxide and can potentially lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.  Prolonged skin contact can result in dissolving of some of the fatty tissues in skin, resulting in skin irritation or chemical burns.  Acute exposure by inhalation has resulted in optic neuropathy and hepatitis.  It has been linked to cancer of the lungs, liver and pancreas in laboratory animals.  It also crosses the placenta.  Fetal toxicity in women who are exposed to it during pregnancy, however, has not been proven.  In animal experiments, it was fetal toxic.

WHAT IS ETHYL ACETATE?

Ethyl acetate is a flammable colourless liquid with a fruity odour.  It is used as a solvent for varnishes, lacquers, dry cleaning, stains, fats and nitrocellulose.  It is released during the production of artificial silk and leather, and during the preparation of photographic films and plates.  It is released during the manufacture of linoleum, and “plastic” wood, dyes, pharmaceuticals, drug intermediates, acetic acid, artificial fruit flavourings and essences, and perfumes and fragrances.  Ethyl acetate is used as a solvent in nail polish remover, base coats and other manicuring products.  Short term exposure to high levels of ethyl acetate results first in irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, followed by headache, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness and unconsciousness.  Very high concentrations may cause stupor.  Prolonged exposure may cause damage to the lungs and heart, and kidney and liver problems.

The caffeinated water can also pass over acid-treated carbon filters to which the caffeine binds.  The liquid is then returned to the beans, which reabsorb some of the favour compounds (and the chemicals in the water).  After this step, the beans are dried and shipped to roasters.

SOLVENT PROCESS

So called solvent processing is more direct.  The green coffee beans are washed with a caffeine solvent (again either methylene chloride or ethyl acetate) in tubs or rotating drums.  The caffeine is then filtered from the liquid solvent.  Because this process is relatively fast more of the flavour compounds are usually retained.

After the caffeine-laden solvent is removed, the beans are processed with steam to remove most (but not all) of the residual solvent.  In 1985 the Food and Drug administration ruled that there was no risk in drinking solvent-processed decaffeinated coffee.

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WHAT IS ROOIBOS TEA AND WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME?

There has been a lot of hype lately about Rooibus or Red Tea but, what exactly is it?  Rooibus tea comes from the South African Red Bush which grows in the Cedarberg Mountains neat Cape Town, South African.  Like your favourite black and green teas, red tea is loaded with antioxidants with the added benefit of being naturally decaffeinated.  Continue reading WHAT IS ROOIBOS TEA AND WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME?

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CAFFEINE AND PREGNANCY

The general consensus is that when you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you should avoid consuming large amounts of caffeine.  Even after decades of research there is still no agreement on how much caffeine is safe during pregnancy.

CAFFEINE IS A STIMULANT

The plain and simple truth is this.  Caffeine is a stimulant.  It increases blood pressure and heart rate which is not recommended when pregnant.  Caffeine is also a diuretic which increases the need to urinate.  Since becoming pregnant already does that consuming large amounts of caffeine can lead to dehydration.

CAFFEINE REACHES YOUR BABY

Caffeine also crosses the placenta and reaches your baby.  While you may be able to handle large amounts of caffeine, you baby cannot.  A baby’s metabolism is still maturing and cannot fully metabolize caffeine.  Even small amounts can change a baby’s sleeping pattern or normal movement pattern in the later stages of pregnancy.  Caffeine is a stimulant and can keep both you and your baby awake.

The best advice?  Err on the side of caution.  The March of Dimes advises women to limit their caffeine intake to less than 200 mg per day.  That’s about the equivalent of one 12 ounce cup of coffee.  But be careful.  Caffeine is found in more than just coffee.  Caffeine is also an ingredient in tea, soda, chocolate, energy drinks and some over the counter medications that relieve headaches, colds and allergies.  Read all labels carefully and, when in doubt, ask you health care provider before consuming a beverage.

YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS CONTAIN CAFFEINE

Starbucks Grande Coffee (16 oz) 400 mg

Starbucks House Blend Coffee (16 oz0 250 MG

Dr. Pepper (12 oz) 37 mg

7 Eleven Big Gulp Diet Coke (32 oz) 124 mg

7 Eleven Big Gulp Regular Coca-Cola (32 oz) 92 mg

Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Buzz Ice Cream (8 oz) 72 mg

Baker’s chocolate (1 oz) 26 mg

Green Tea (6 oz) 40 mg

Black Tea (6 oz) 45 mg

Excedrin (per capsule) 65 mg

The Coffee Gourmand Black Coffee (8 oz) 9 mg

The Coffee Gourmand Organic Green Tea (8 0z) 5 mg

The Coffee Gourmand Organic Red Tea (8 oz) 0 mg

 

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LOW ACID COFFEE. WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME?

Most people can’t start the day without their morning cup of java but for some people, regular coffee may cause heartburn or stomach upset.  For those who don’t want to give up coffee drinking, switching to a low acid coffee may be the answer.

Gastrointestinal problems are PH sensitive, which means that the tissue lining the stomach and throat are now more sensitive to acid compounds, which it would normally Continue reading LOW ACID COFFEE. WHY IS IT GOOD FOR ME?