If beer is liquid courage when it comes to picking up girls, then coffee must be the equivalent of liquid courage for those trying to summon up the energy to face another day at the office! One of my best friends is the absolute definition of a coffee-holic. Her day is not complete without a jump-start pot just to give her the extra push to make the hour commute into the office. Forget Red Bull and all those other energy drinks – it’s coffee that keeps the ever-readies going in her energizer batteries throughout the day! While coffee isn’t my thing, I have been known suck down a gallon of sweet tea at a time in the summer. Nothing just seemed to quite beat the heat as a glass of icy cold sweet tea! Mmmmmm….
As we girls began to approach the magic age of menopause, the question arose from time to time as to whether or not all this caffeine indulgence might just be a little bit excessive (i.e. bad for us). Discussing the question was pretty much as far as it went since, absent compelling evidence to the contrary, neither one of us changed our coffee and tea habits. Surely nothing that tasted that good could possibly be bad for you! Right? At least, that was our logical (and quite convincing) argument at the time. As it turns out, at least one Dutch study has now validated what we suspected all along – coffee and tea consumption, at least in moderation, appears to be beneficial to your heart health.
According to one Dutch study conducted jointly by the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, the University Medical Center Utrecht (Utrecht, the Netherlands), and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (Bilthoven, the Netherlands), coffee and tea consumption, in moderation (the moderation part may be the sticky part for me!), is good for your heart health. Researchers also found that tea consumption actually reduces the risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD). (As a consumer of sweet tea, I really like it when science agrees with me!)
The purpose of the 13-year Dutch study was to examine coffee and tea consumption as they related to an increased risk of stroke, CHD, and all mortality rates.