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Coffee Drinkers Rejoice Ahhh Maybe

Disclaimer: Don't start drinking loads of coffee based on this study. It's one of those studies that needs more study. Having said that, as a regular coffee drinker, reading the research prompted a sigh of relief -- even if it's only a rationalization to justify the fourth cup of joe that's currently sitting on the desk. Studies already suggest that caffeine may be help liver function. But there's a new medical discussion about whether java juice is good for the heart.

To be clear. There's a lot of confusion when it comes to the effect of coffee on health. Some studies link consumption to heart risk factors, such as raised cholesterol or blood pressure, while others suggest the beverage may offer some heart protection. The confusion lies in the fact that coffee contains the stimulant caffeine, as well as numerous other compounds, so it's not clear if these might cause good or harm to the body. But this study brings up some interesting points.

This latest study comes from South Korea, so it's also important to note that the culinary preferences and lifestyle habits are different diet than those who live in North America. Published in Heart, researchers in South Korea studied more than 25,000 male and female employees who underwent routine health checks at their workplace using medical scans to assess heart health. Specifically, they were looking for any disease of the coronary arteries. In coronary heart disease, the coronary arteries become clogged by the gradual build-up of fatty material within their walls.

The scan looked for tiny deposits of calcium in the walls of the coronary arteries to provide an early clue that this disease process may be occurring. None of people included in the study had outward signs of heart disease, but more than one in 10 were found to have visible calcium deposits on their scans. The researchers then compared the scan results with self-reported daily coffee consumption, while taking into account other potential heart risk factors such as smoking, exercise and family history of heart problems. What they found was people who drank a few cups of coffee a day were less likely to have calcium deposits in their coronary arteries than people who drank more than this or no coffee at all.

More research is needed to confirm and explain the link but in the meanwhile, moderation as always, is key.

How Much Caffeine is Too Much?
Experts state up to 400mg a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. There's general agreement that pregnant women and those trying to conceive should avoid consuming large quantities of caffeine. But after decades of controversy and conflicting evidence, there's still no consensus on how much caffeine is safe during pregnancy. To err on the side of caution, the March of Dimes advises women to limit their caffeine intake to less than 200 milligrams per day, which is about one 12-ounce cup of coffee.

One mug of instant coffee: 100mg
Nne mug of filter coffee: 140mg
One mug of tea: 75mg
One can of cola: 40mg
An espresso contains about 50mg of caffeine