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Coffee and Nutrition - what should you be telling your clients?

“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.

I bet this kind of thing does not happen to heroin addicts. I bet that when serious heroin addicts go to purchase their heroin, they do not tolerate waiting in line while some dilettante in front of them orders a hazelnut smack-a-cino with cinnamon sprinkles.” Dave Barry

At one time coffee was the bad boy of hot beverages but not anymore. Now, not only is it perceived as the glue that holds a society on the very edge of collapse together, it’s also good for everything from diabetes to a receding hairline. Just log on to sciencedaily.com and type in coffee and you’ll see what I mean. Pretty soon you’ll be able to get your double shot skinny macchiato on prescription.

And as if that wasn’t enough it now looks as if sipping coffee throughout the day reduces appetite.

Researchers at Griffith University found that the coffee drinkers feel less hungry and have a greater feeling of satiety.

“So far, we’re seeing a decrease in hunger and increase in fullness in the caffeinated coffee condition, a trend we’re not observing with decaffeinated coffee or caffeine alone for some individuals,” says researcher Matt Schubert. “This may be important for weight control, as any decrease in appetite could help reduce food intake.”

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that one dose of caffeine increased metabolic rate by 3 to 4%, while drinking it every 2 hours during the day increased it up by to 11%.

Yeah but who the heck wants to have that much caffeine in their system at the end of the day, weight loss or no weight loss?

According to a study by the University of Melbourne, coffee is ”the most commonly used psychoactive drug,” and drinking more than 5 cups a day can have you hearing things.

And then there are the little add-ons that come with coffee - like biscuits and full fat milk - that will kick any health benefits into row z of the stands.

Then again, the stress managing effect of coffee should not be taken lightly and a relaxed dude is often a healthier dude.

So what should you be telling your clients?

Coffee is fine in moderation as long as they steer clear of the frou-frou stuff (caramel, cream, sugar etc.), but it is not the answer to their weight loss prayers. Although …

“I think we all pray to the first cup of the day. It's a silent prayer, sung while the mind is still foggy and blue. "O Magic Cup," it might go, "carry me above the traffic jam. Keep me civil in the subway. And forgive my employer, as you forgive me. Amen" Stewert Lee Allen

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