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The Health Benefits and Cons of Coffee

By EatingWell Editors, "The Health Perks & Pans of Coffee," March/April 2011

Information every coffee lover should have.


READER'S COMMENT:
"Keep in mind, this article speaks about coffee WITHOUT any creams or sugars. If you're the type of drinker that has sugar with a side of coffee in their cup, your cup of java will have added health cons than someone who drinks it straight...

Health Cons of Coffee

-Cholesterol Caution. Boiled or unfiltered coffee (such as that made with a French press, or Turkish-style coffee) contains higher levels of cafestol, a compound that can increase blood levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol. Choose filtered methods instead, such as a drip coffee maker.

-Prudence for Pregnant and Nursing Women. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology says it’s safe for pregnant women to get a moderate amount of caffeine (no more than 200 mg, equivalent to 2 cups of coffee per day), but warns that it’s still not clear if higher intakes could increase risk of miscarriage. Since ­caffeine can pass into breast milk, nursing moms should cut down if their babies are restless or irritable.



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