So we’re all pretty used to the hearing how one minute a food or drink can be the new miracle cure to something, and the next minute consumption can be life threatening.
So today’s miracle product is tea and coffee!
Tea and coffee are said to have a whole host of damaging effects.
Caffeine can increase heart rate, anxiety, blood pressure and the risk of osteoporosis.
Drinking tea can block the action of Vitamin B1, inhibit absorption of iron, have a diuretic effect and tea-drinking expectant mothers could see congenital abnormalities in their babies.
Coffee can upset stomach acid and water balance, it can also increase the risk of atherosclerosis, bladder tumours and duodenal ulcers.
So now…the good news! Coffee and tea may contribute to a healthy liver. Increased caffeine intake may reduce fatty liver in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Worldwide, 70 percent of people diagnosed with diabetes and obesity have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, the major cause of fatty liver not due to excessive alcohol consumption. Currently, it is estimated that 30 percent of American adults have this condition, and its prevalence is rising globally. But there are no effective treatments except diet and exercise.
These findings suggest that coffee and tea consumption (equivalent to the caffeine intake of four cups a day) may be beneficial in the prevention and protection against the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
It’s hoped that these findings could help develop a caffeine-like drug without the usual caffeine related side effects whilst still retaining it’s therapeutic effects on the liver.
So, after all of that, shall we just stick with the “everything is okay in moderation”advice?!
Someone stick the kettle on…