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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Coffee for Weight Loss

Study showed heavy coffee drinking did not increase the risk of heart disease with weight loss!

Researchers from the Harvard Medical School headed by a Spanish scientist investigated data of over 120,000 participants from two large-scale studies: the Health Professionals Study and the Nurses' Health Study.

Coffee consumption, cholesterol levels and heart disease incidences were analyzed. After making a long list of adjustments, researchers found that coffee drinkers did not have a higher risk of heart disease, even among the heavy consumers who drank more than 6 cups daily. The results of this study were published in the Circulation journal in May 2006.

This study should not be interpreted as an incentive for increasing coffee consumption. Results on coffee and heart disease are still conflicting. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in June 2005, researchers from the University of Athens found that coffee drinkers had more stiffness of the major blood vessel in the body than non-coffee drinkers. They suggested for people with high blood pressure or other risk factors for heart disease who drink more than 3 cups of coffee a day to cut down.

According to the American Heart Association, whether high caffeine intake increases the risk of heart disease is still under study. Moderate coffee drinking - one to two cups per day - does not seem to be harmful. Therefore, moderation is the key for weight loss!

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