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Caffeine, Coffee, and Soft Drinks


Caffeine and Diabetes: Helpful or Harmful?“A growing body of research suggests that caffeine disrupts glucose metabolism and may contribute to the development and poor control of type 2 diabetes, a major public health problem.”

Caffeine Consumption Linked to Female Infertility, Study Suggests “Caffeine reduces muscle activity in the Fallopian tubes that carry eggs from a woman's ovaries to her womb. "Our experiments were conducted in mice, but this finding goes a long way towards explaining why drinking caffeinated drinks can reduce a woman's chance of becoming pregnant," says Sean Ward, professor of physiology and cell biology, at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, who conducted the study.”

Chocolate consumption and cardiometabolic disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis (BMJ 2011) “Based on observational evidence, levels of chocolate consumption seem to be associated with a substantial reduction in the risk of cardiometabolic disorders.”

Chronic cola drinking induces metabolic and cardiac alterations in rats (World J Cardiol. 2011)

Coffee Consumption and Risk of Stroke in Women (Stroke 2011) “These findings suggest that low or no coffee consumption is associated with an increased risk of stroke in women.”

Daily Coffee May Lower Your Skin Cancer Risk “The researchers found that women who drank more than three cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma compared with women who drank less than one cup of coffee in a month. For men, the risk was 9 percent lower for those who drank three cups of java daily compared with those who drank less than one cup a month, Song's group noted. The risk for women who drank the most coffee was lowered 18 percent; for men who downed the most coffee, the risk was reduced 13 percent, Song's team found.”

Diet Sodas Cause Weight Gain? Not so Fast

Diet soda doesn't raise diabetes risk: study

Energy Drinks Send Thousands to the ER Each Year

Even Diet Soda Induces Weight Gain in the Elderly

Fructose Consumption Increases Risk Factors for Heart Disease: Study Suggests US Dietary Guideline for Upper Limit of Sugar Consumption Is Too High

Group Wants Ban on 2 Types of Caramel Coloring in Sodas “Two types of caramel coloring used in some sodas and foods contain two carcinogens and should be banned, according to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). "We are calling on the FDA to ban the use of caramel coloring in colas and certain other foods," CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson said during a teleconference. The caramel coloring used in some sodas is manufactured via a chemical reaction between sugars, ammonia, and sulfates. These reactions produce the two carcinogens: 2-methylimidazole (2-MEI) and 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), he says. These chemicals have been shown to cause cancer in mice and rats.”

How Caffeine Fights Cancer

Sugar-Sweetened Drinks May Pose Heart Risks to Women, Study Suggests “Drinking two or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day may boost a woman's risk for developing heart disease and diabetes -- even if this habit isn't causing her to pack on extra pounds, a new study says. Sugary sodas and other sweetened beverages are frequent targets in the war on obesity. Many efforts, such as taking these drinks out of vending machines in schools, are aimed at reducing exposure to these beverages and the empty calories they provide. However, the new study suggests that the risks posed by sugar-sweetened sodas and flavored waters may be independent of weight gain. Middle-aged women who drank two or more sugary beverages a day were close to four times as likely to have high levels of dangerous blood fats called triglycerides and impaired blood sugar levels (known as "prediabetes'), when compared with women who drank less than one sugar-sweetened beverage a day. What's more, women who drank two or more sodas a day also had more belly fat, but not necessarily more weight. Belly fat, or abdominal obesity, poses greater health risks than fat in other areas of the body because it lies deep inside and can produce hormones and other substances that negatively affect blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin production.”

Sugary Drinks, Foods Might Put Teens at Risk for Heart Disease

Those That Love Soda Have Worse Eating Habits Overall

Why Caffeine Can Reduce Fertility In Women

Why coffee protects against diabetes


Coffee and Your Health


Coffee and its consumption: benefits and risks. (Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2011) “Many research investigations, epidemiological studies, and meta-analyses regarding coffee consumption revealed its inverse correlation with that of diabetes mellitus, various cancer lines, Parkinsonism, and Alzheimer's disease. Moreover, it ameliorates oxidative stress because of its ability to induce mRNA and protein expression, and mediates Nrf2-ARE pathway stimulation. Furthermore, caffeine and its metabolites help in proper cognitive functionality. Coffee lipid fraction containing cafestol and kahweol act as a safeguard against some malignant cells by modulating the detoxifying enzymes. On the other hand, their higher levels raise serum cholesterol, posing a possible threat to coronary health, for example, myocardial and cerebral infarction, insomnia, and cardiovascular complications. Caffeine also affects adenosine receptors and its withdrawal is accompanied with muscle fatigue and allied problems in those addicted to coffee. An array of evidence showed that pregnant women or those with postmenopausal problems should avoid excessive consumption of coffee because of its interference with oral contraceptives or postmenopausal hormones.”

Coffee consumption modifies risk of estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer (Breast Cancer Research 2011)

The effect of coffee on blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in hypertensive individuals: a systematic review and meta-analysis1,2,3 (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2011)

The Impact of Fructose on Renal Function and Blood Pressure (Int J Nephrol. 2011) “These studies suggest that excessive intake of fructose might have an etiologic role in the epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and cardiorenal disease.”

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