01-16.48 Coffee: more than caffeine

QUOTE from Dr Fung (emphasis mine): 

“DUE TO ITS high caffeine content, coffee is sometimes considered unhealthy. However, recent research has come to the opposite conclusion, perhaps due to the fact that coffee is a major source of antioxidants, magnesium, lignans and chlorogenic acid. Coffee, even the decaffeinated version, appears to protect against type 2 diabetes. In a 2009 review, each additional daily cup of coffee lowered the risk of diabetes by 7 percent, even up to six cups per day. The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study estimated that drinking at least three cups of coffee or tea daily reduced the risk of diabetes by 42 percent. The Singapore Chinese Health Study showed a 30 percent reduction in risk. Coffee drinking is associated with a 10 percent to 15 percent reduction in total mortality. Large-scale studies found that most major causes of death, including heart disease were reduced. Coffee may guard against the neurologic diseases Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. A word of caution here: While these correlation studies are suggestive, they are not proof of benefit. However, they suggest that coffee may not be as harmful as we imagined.”

NOTE (my commentary)

Correlation is not causation … if coffee drinkers live longer, healthier lives, that does not prove that it is the coffee. But it does suggest a link. Coffee (and tea), besides water, may be the most beneficial beverages for us to drink for health.

Coffee, even the decaffeinated version, appears to protect against type 2 diabetes.

Since caffeine is an ingredient, the choice of coffee may depend on whether caffeine has negative effects on your sleep, or jitters when you are awake.

Coffee drinking is associated with a 10 percent to 15 percent reduction in total mortality.

STRATEGY: Coffee is good for me. Of course, my habit of adding milk, way too much sugar in childhood and artificial sweetener in adulthood, is not so good. It would be better to drink it black and unadulterated, “like an adult” I like to joke.

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
1. What gets your attention?
2. What does it say about Reality? (Any misperceptions to correct?)
3. What does it say that I need to obey? (What should be added to my strategy?)
4. How can I incorporate what is true into my Disciplines? (Specific methods?)
5. What questions do I have for the experts? What might be the answers?

SOURCE – Footnotes:
[1]  “The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss” by Dr. Jason Fung, Timothy Noakes –

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