Because beverages are more readily absorbed than food and we can quickly consume so much, we may need to be even more careful about what we drink than what we eat.
DIET SODAS: There is a lot more information on the page about Artificial Sweeteners, but here is one bit of news that should get more attention:
Compared to women who rarely consume diet drinks, those who drank two or more a day were 50 percent more likely to die from cardiovascular disease. STUDY
Soda consumption and the risk of stroke in men and women
COFFEE: Drinking coffee and tea has been linked to reduced risk of types of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. As with anything else, just because some is good that doesn’t mean that you can’t over do it. Caffeine increases the stress hormone cortisol and can heighten anxiety. It may cause cravings and affects brain signaling chemicals that might provide a lift but may be followed by a letdown later. Since it can take 24 hours to fully clear caffeine from your system, even morning coffee can cause sleep interference for some folks.
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- Coffee and tea are protective against one type of brain cancer. And it doesn’t take a lot—just half a cup a day produced a 34% reduction in the risk of glioma. Researchers at Brown University analyzed data from a giant European study. (More than 410,000 people from nine countries were followed for over 8 years.) Men saw more benefit than women.1 However, a later review of studies failed to show a strong association.
- Study indicates that drinking coffee before a meal reduces insulin sensitivity but improves glucose management if taken with the meal. Other research showed that increasing coffee consumption reduced the risk of diabetes.
GREEN TEA – Green tea is the same plant that becomes black tea when oxidized. If the small amount of caffeine bothers you, you could choose a decaffeinated variety but certain beneficial effects like attention span and fat-burning would likely be reduced. Milk apparently reduces the positive effect of green tea while lemon enhances it. If you don’t like the bland flavor, look for combinations with ginger for more zip and additional anti-inflammatory properties.
Green Tea Research: In May 2014, PubMed (government internet science search tool) lists 5,686 articles about green tea. The benefits seem numerous and varied, so I’ll just list some examples with a representative reference (in alphabetical order from a search I did in 2010): Blood Pressure, Cancer (breast 3 and various others), Cardiovascular Health, Cholesterol, Depression, Insulin Resistance (Pre-Diabetes), Mental Function and Leukemia. The science is still young, but the sheer volume and consistent positive nature of results is hard to ignore.
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