Caffeine: The Good News and the Good News


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In the New York Times recently, Jane Brody reported on the recent findings of a study by Center for Science in the Public Interest on the potential harm and benefits of caffeine consumption.

The good news: Caffeine can enhance your mood and your mental and physical performance. Not exactly big news.

But here are some more interesting findings:

  • Drinking caffeinated coffee might decrease your risk for Parkinson's disease
  • Drinking 4 to 6 cups of regular or decaf coffee a day might lower your risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes
  • Caffeine does not make you pee more
  • Caffeine does not increase the risk of heart attack
  • Caffeine does not contribute much to hypertension development
  • Caffeine does not cause pancreatic, kidney, liver, or breast cancer
  • Caffeine does not meaningfully contribute to bone loss

The bad news? It doesn't help people lose weight.

Overall it sounds like this study could have been paid for by Juan Valdez or Coca-Cola.

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