Coffee… to drink or not to drink

I have decided to cut coffee out completely.  After reading this article, you may want to as well.

Here are a few key facts from the article that I found very interesting.

Coffee increases stomach acid

Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee increases the production of stomach acid. Interestingly, decaffeinated coffee does so at a greater level. Increased levels of stomach acid can lead to a variety of problems. It can increase symptoms of peptic ulcers, erosive esophagitis and acid reflux. If you suffer from heartburn for example it is probably a good idea to eliminate coffee from your diet.

Coffee and intestinal health

As mentioned above, coffee increases the production of stomach acid. Coffee also makes it so that your stomach contents leave the stomach more quickly. The stomach itself has ways of protecting itself from the irritating acid. Once the acid goes into the intestine it needs to be neutralized by bicarbonate from the pancreas. This takes some time and when there is too much acid (due to coffee for example) the acid can potentially damage the intestinal walls.

IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

While this might not be a problem for some people, it is most likely a problem for people who have already damaged or highly sensitive intestines. This includes people with IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Reduced Iron absorption

Coffee also reduces the absorption of one type of iron: non heme iron. This is the iron that is found in plant and dairy sources, versus the more readily absorbed heme iron found in meat.

When coffee is consumed one hour before the meal, there is no reduction in absorption. However, if coffee is consumed during or up to one hour after the meal, iron absorption is reduced by about 39% (by one cup of coffee). The more coffee you drink before or after the meal, the less iron gets absorbed.

Tea and red wine reduce iron absorption even more!

For the entire article, please read it here

http://www.health-foodie.com/2010/03/coffee-and-health/

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