NY Times’ Jane Brody on Caffeine

Tuesday is my favorite “newspaper day” because the New York Times has their Science/Health section, which is always OUTSTANDING, including the latest research on health and wellness. I’m addicted to Jane Brody’s column called Personal Health  – it’s always interesting. Her August 5th column was no exception, giving reader’s the lowdown about caffeine and it’s effects on the body. Here are some highlights: 

  • Caffeine ain’t all bad – click here to read the article online.
  • A plain 8 ounce cup of brewed coffee has 95 milligrams of caffeine. A Starbuck’s Grande coffee (not a latte, just a straight up cup of coffee) has a whooping 330 milligrams of caffeine. Holy Moly! 
  • As a tea lover, I was happy to read that black tea and green tea have between 30-50 milligrams of caffeine, so for the record – TEA (USUALLY) HAS MUCH LESS CAFFEINE THAN COFFEE. 
  • And when it comes to caffeine and weight loss, here’s something that sets the record straight. Jane writes, “Although caffeine speeds up metabolism, no long-term benefits to weight control have been demonstrated. In fact, in a recent study, both men and women who increased their caffeine consumption gained more weight than those who didn’t.” Bottom line: caffeine does not help people stay lean.

One Response to “NY Times’ Jane Brody on Caffeine”

  1. JavaChick Says:

    Thanks for posting that. I do enjoy my morning coffee, and it’s nice to know that – in moderation – it’s not going to do any harm.

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