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Friday, March 16, 2007

Spill The Beans


"What was bad news is now good news for coffee drinkers – at least in most cases. Earlier findings seemed to indicate coffee might raise the risk of major diseases, but new research has determined that a little java not only doesn’t hurt, it can help prevent some diseases .

Studies now show coffee is not a factor in heart disease and cancer; it may actually lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, gallstones, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Why the change? Most early studies focused on caffeine, and some failed to account for other risk factors, such as smoking, diet or alcohol consumption. Today’s research does, and it is looking beyond caffeine to evaluate other substances in coffee, including antioxidants that help protect cells in the body against damage.

When it comes to RA, though, there is a bit of lingering uncertainty. A 2002 study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) showed no connection between regular coffee and the onset of RA, but did find that four or more cups of decaf per day increased the risk for older women. But Ted Mikuls, MD, a rheumatologist who conducted the study, notes that in 2004, researchers from Harvard Medical School in Boston found no connection between RA and either variety of coffee.

The jury’s still out on a link with osteoporosis too. Caffeine can cause your body to absorb less calcium, but so far studies haven’t established whether drinking coffee contributes to bone loss. These studies suggest that you’d have to drink four or more cups a day (without milk) to risk harm.

There’s one more thing to consider: These studies all focus on factors affecting onset, not post-diagnosis issues. There may, for example, be interaction between caffeine and methotrexate, says Dr. Mikuls; research shows conflicting results.

Sarah Morgan, MD, and a registered dietitian at UAB, gives this advice: “My only guideline is moderation in caffeine intake,” she says. For most people, drinking one to two cups of coffee – decaf or regular – per day seems safe."
~Arthritis Foundation. By Shannon Wilder (Arthritis Today, Jan-Feb 2007)

Nope, I don't have Starbucks-stock, haha. This was just one of those "eyebrow-raisers" I came across and had to share. Reminded me of "an apple a day...". Again, everything in moderation, huh?! I am grateful though God's way is not in moderation. His blessings are abundantly. :-)

1 Timothy 5:23
No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.

26 Comments:

Blogger audrey` said...

Dearest Corry

Hi Lieve Zus!
How are you?

Yeah! Eat everything in moderation.
If only we could eat all the desserts and smacks as much as we could =P
HeHe!

Yeah! God's love and blessings are greatly in abundance.
Just claim them. He is always waiting for His children.

Take care, my dearest friend =)

(((HUGS)))

March 17, 2007 8:00 AM  
Anonymous rrbj said...

Corry I'm glad you shared that with us cause I've often wondered if my 3 big cups a day wasn't good for me! I always enjoy one cup around 5 oclock in after noon with hazelnut coffee mate in it.[sugar free of course]? When I go to doctor and He tells me everything is ok I tell him thats because I eat an apple a day? Blessing and Have a GOODWEEKEND! Ron.

March 17, 2007 9:52 AM  
Blogger Saija said...

everything in moderation would sure solve a lot of our problems eh? :o) ... i have 2 cups of coffee in the morning ... though when in the summer, when i am working - you have to add another cup to the mix!

March 17, 2007 12:00 PM  
Blogger jel said...

If thay took my coffee, I would cry!!!!

They already took all the good stuff that I like to eat away! :(



take care sis !


huggs

March 17, 2007 12:38 PM  
Blogger Redeemed said...

Hi Corry, I trust you are doing well. I do enjoy coffee, especially when it's cold outside. But I never exceed one cup a day!! I think I'm hyper enough as is :)

March 17, 2007 8:27 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
My dearest lieve zus. So good to hear from you! :-)

Yeah, I would love to indulge on desserts and chocolate. I am as much a dessert-person as I am a chocoholic.

God is so much love! :-)

Love you, lieve zus, I will mail you soon!

(((HUGS)))

Ron,
From what I understood from this article: enjoy your 3 cups of coffee! :-)
I haven't drank coffee for a looooong time, I started back up not too long ago and have to admit I drink way too much coffee. Time to change that, huh.
Have a wonderful and blessed weekend as well, dear brother.

Saija,
It sure would. Just imagine how different the world would be!
I used to drink tea and tea and flavored tea, but I don't like the flavored tea they sell here in the states (yeah, spoiled brat!). Now I get up in the morning and almost first thing I get is coffee. And like I told Ron, I drink too much of that stuff!

God bless you, girl! Have a great weekend. :-)

Jel,
Awww, I am so sorry! Well, if they try to take away your coffee, holler and I will come to the rescue, waving this article in front of their nose.

(((HUGS)))

Sarah,
I am doing fine, just extremely busy. We are hoping it will slack of some. Those things make me hyper, haha.

The coffee just wakes me up and keeps me going. Nah, that's not true. It does wake me up, but God's love, strength and blessings keeps me going.

Somehow I can't imagine you being hyper. I think you are a very sweet, gentle and considerate caring person.

Much joy and blessings to you and a very wonderful weekend, little sister. :-)

God's Grace.

March 17, 2007 9:03 PM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Dearest Zus

HaHaHa!
You're a chocoholic...
I'm a dessertholic and snackholic!
I think I'll put on more kg than you =)
HeHe!

I'm thinking of Baby Casey.
I love to cuddle babies. They have a very special smell.

God bless you, Corry.
Take care, my dearest friend.

(((HUGS)))

March 18, 2007 7:39 PM  
Blogger Pia said...

just want to say to you and papu... thank you and i love you both.

March 19, 2007 12:47 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
Dear sis, if I had to choose between a dessert and chocolate, I would have a hard time! I don't really care much for snacks, unless it's chocolate, haha. I recently got the recipy for pecan-pie and I really hope it will turn out bad first time I bake it, otherwise the kg's will be put on here as well cause I love that stuff, grin.

Talking about putting on some kg. Baby Casey is doing great and filling out. I love to hold that little critter.:-)I will post some pics soon.

You take care as well, lieve zus. I will get in touch with you soon (yeah, I know, I said that before!)

(((HUGS)))

Pia,
You are most welcome. We love you too, girl! :-) May God grant some resolution soon and bless you abundantly!

God's Grace.

March 19, 2007 5:22 AM  
Anonymous jel said...

Morning Sis,
thanks for the visit!

but I'm good,

just was thinking of others!

have a good'n :)
huggs

March 19, 2007 6:46 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Jel,
Yeah, I was thinking of others too, namely you when I read it. Got me worried for a bit.Good to hear you are fine.:-)
Loved the pic!

Have a blessed day!

(((HUGS)))

God's Grace.

March 19, 2007 10:22 AM  
Blogger Lenise said...

I'm a maximum-of-one-cup-per-day coffee drinker. My Dad used to drink a LOT, but I think he's scaled back considerably. I think we'll let him remain unenlightened, lest the temptation to re-indulge become too great!

March 19, 2007 12:30 PM  
Blogger Cinder said...

"I am grateful though God's way is not in moderation. His blessings are abundantly. :-)" (Corry)

Amen to that one! I just wanted to drop by, check in and say hi. I hope all is well with you and yours as this week begins. We're holding our own...somedays better than others, but we're enduring and being blessed by His love and presence.

I should go...mmmm coffee...now you got me thinking about a nice Iced Cap...cold coffee's the very best!

Blessings and ((HUGS)) to you today...

March 19, 2007 3:34 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Lenise,
Do I detect a mean streak there??? grin.
But I do understand you don't want to lead him into temptation. Good for you!

Have a blessed day and hug those little ones for me! :-)

Jay,
We are doing fine, still busy, busy. I am glad to see you back and I so hope and pray you are feeling better!

Hmmm, now you got me thinking of hot coffee with wipped cream on top. (drool)

Many blessings to you, sis.

God's Grace.

March 19, 2007 8:13 PM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Hi Corry!
I'm drooling over our coffee, ice cream, chocolates, snacks and desserts =P
HaHa!
Good Night =)
Dream about our most delicious food =D
HeHe!
Good Night, Lieve Zus.

March 19, 2007 9:50 PM  
Anonymous rrbj said...

Ya'll are tortureing me with all them chocolates and snacks and talking about pecan pies ? I gained 5lbs, and my sugar level jumped 30 points just thinking about it ? Corry I got a good recipe for pecan pie using mayhaw jelly instead of syrup. I make the jelly using splender sugar and then I'm able to eat a couple of slices of pie? Blessings Ron.

March 19, 2007 10:16 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
Duhhh...first you put pictures in my head of all that yummy food and then expect me to go to sleep while I crave a sugar-fix???
I know for sure I will have sweet dreams. grin.

Have a joyful and blessed day, lieve zus. :-D

God's Grace.

March 19, 2007 10:19 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Ron,
Sorry! We will start talking about castor-oil, rotten bananas and molded food. hehe.

Thanks for the tip. I have no idea what mayhaw-jelly is, but the fact that you make it with splenda sounds good to me. Less fattening! :-D
So, what is mayhaw?

Audrey...did you hear that? Less kg's!!! hehe.

Many blessings to you, brother.

God's Grace.

March 19, 2007 10:41 PM  
Anonymous rrbj said...

Corry, you can leave out the castor oil, it reminded me when I was growing up that was the main medicine my Mom used? It depends on what you call rotten bananas they just getting good when they start turning brown? Moulded food are you refering to lite bread that has started growing Penicellin around the edges? Mayhaws is a bright orange berry that grows on mayhaw trees that grows in the sloughs next to the rivers . They get ripe in May , then you get berrys by spreading a sheet under tree and shaking , the berries are about the size of the end of your index finger? I have two domesticated trees in my yard that yeilds about 3 gallons of berries ever year? They make a tart ,but very good jelly? The best in the south! You can find it in gift shops or little roadside market stands? For more of a description go to this url http://www.mayhaw.org/recipes.html. Blessings Ron.

March 20, 2007 11:01 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Ron,
Seems like all I mentioned is medicinal. Most medicine tastes bad though, but hey...just a spoon full of sugar/splenda makes the medicine go down!. grin.

Thanks for telling me about mayhaw. I will keep my eyes open for it and will definitely try it in the recipe.

God's Grace.

March 20, 2007 11:50 AM  
Blogger audrey` said...

Dearest Corry

HaHaHaHaHa!
You're so cute, my friend.
I like your sense of humour =D
Yeah! Sweet dreams every night.

Mayhaw Jelly... Wow!
I must look out for it.
Anything to lose weight.

Sweet dreams, lieve zus...
Good night =)

March 20, 2007 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Hi, Corry. Just wished I liked coffee. Gordon is the coffee drinker in our family. Thanks for sharing.

March 20, 2007 8:05 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
Thanks girl. :-)
I would like to easy Kc's mind and I don't want to be held responsible for brother Ron's weight-gain or his increasing sugar-level, so I will drop the threat and the "torture"-talk. grin.

Maybe we can find some middle ground here. Ever had donuts filled with rotten bananas??? hehe.

(((HUGS)))

Amy,
Nothing wrong with not liking coffee. The only thing I found while just drinking tea was, that I "felt" like I was imposing on people because they had to make tea just for me. But that feeling was generated by myself and not by anything they did. :-)

God's Grace.

March 21, 2007 8:57 AM  
Anonymous rrbj said...

Thats why I like reading your posts! That don't seem like you found some middle ground? " Donuts filled with rotten bananas " ? [Sounds Delicious] ! KC hadn't ever taught you [or your parents] to always be KIND to Old Folks and Animals ? Blessings. Ron.

March 21, 2007 11:09 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Ron,
Ok, I accept, no middle ground here. sigh.

Yep, I was tought to be kind to OLD people (and animals). :-)

God's Grace.

March 21, 2007 11:20 AM  
Blogger audrey` said...

HaHa!
Donuts with rotten banana?
Must be yummy.
I like donuts very much =)
HeHe!

March 29, 2007 9:31 AM  

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