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Is Coffee A Health Food?

Written by: Caroline MacDougall

These days, there are lots of articles in the media on yet another disease that drinking coffee is supposed to protect you from.  The coffee industry has funded many analyses of the diet of large groups of people, called “epidemiological” studies, to show that people who drink lots of coffee have lower incidence of various diseases. This type of study doesn’t prove that coffee drinking is the cause of the lower incidence of disease, it just shows an association.

Then along came the Dr. Oz show last March where he recommended Teeccino for too much caffeine.

Too much caffeine? Oh yeah! It finally dawned on the media that maybe there was another side to the story.

Fortunately, Mark Hyman, M.D. had just published his best selling book, The Blood Sugar Solution, and in it he recommends getting off of coffee to keep your blood sugar stable. Now, the media found a spokesperson for the other side of the story.

The Huffington Post decided to host the debate and recruited Dr. Hyman to speak about the cons of drinking coffee. They selected their wellness editor, Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald, a naturopath, to speak about the pros of drinking coffee.

Wait a second! The medical doctor was speaking against coffee and the naturopath was speaking for coffee???

It turns out that Dr. Hyman’s argument was more persuasive because 9% more voters disagreed with the statement that “coffee is a health food” after reading both their arguments. But in the end, more people voted for as opposed to against the statement, which goes to show how many coffee drinkers want to keep their habit intact, thank you very much!

Then the “coffee is a health food” stampede captured another prominent convert. Dr. Mercola, a widely followed doctor giving natural health advice online, changed his long-held position against coffee to recommend drinking it only black and organic. Say what? No milk or non-dairy alternatives in your coffee? His readers weren’t too enthusiastic about that.

I had the most fun reading the comments by all the coffee and non-coffee drinkers on both the Huffington Post and Dr. Mercola debates. Here’s what seems true across the board. Those people who have trouble tolerating coffee, whether for its caffeine content or its high acidity, know who they are!

I long ago gave up trying to convince coffee drinkers that there are healthier hot beverages to enjoy besides coffee. My recommendation is like Dr. Hyman’s. Take a drug-free holiday from caffeine for at least a couple of months and see how your body responds. If you can drink coffee without problem, good for you! Keep watch as you body ages though, because your tolerance for coffee can change sometimes quite dramatically.

What I don’t respect, however, is when the media doesn’t acknowledge the other side of the story. I posted on both these debates the list of diseases or conditions for which coffee is detrimental and may even be part of their cause.

Millions and millions of people suffer from these conditions. Many take drugs to cover up the symptoms instead of listening to their body and making healthy lifestyle changes to improve their health.

Here’s the list of conditions that scientific studies show (and Teeccino drinkers testify) are aggravated or exacerbated by coffee drinking:

  • Heart conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high homocysteine, and tachycardia (rapid heart beats)
  • Acid Reflux and GERD
  • Inflammatory bowel conditions like IBS and Crohn’s
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Enlarged prostates (BPH)
  • Migraines
  •  Insomnia and fatigue
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • PMS, fibroids, hot flashes and other women’s conditions affected by hormones
  • Miscarriage
  • Infertility
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tinnitus
  • Stress and depression
  • Skin rashes
  • Muscle tension

Of course, pregnant and nursing mothers shouldn’t have caffeine because the liver of a fetus and young baby (up to 9 months old) are not capable of detoxifying caffeine properly.

Additionally, even if your central nervous system isn’t sensitive to caffeine, you may have the slow version of the gene in the liver that is responsible for detoxifying caffeine. If you are a slow metabolizer (and there is no way to tell other than by a gene test), and you are under the age of 59, drinking more than 1 cup of coffee a day can increase your risk for heart attack by 24%. If you drink 2 – 3 cups a day, your risk goes up 67%, and at 4 or more cups per day it increases 133%. This data is from a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

After listening to Teeccino drinkers for so many years, I just had to make a contribution to this debate! Now I’d like to hear from you.


What’s your opinion about whether or not coffee is a health food?

Posted in Caroline's Musings, Health Buzz, Teeccino Buzz

10 Responses

  1. EF says:

    Not sure why you need to fight caffeine drinking world in order to sell your product. Your product is very good. I think this effort is misplaced. When the product is good and can stand on its own, that is the best marketing tool. It is too bad when such a good product may suffer because it is positioned to fight wars with coffee, MD v. ND debate, some may feel compelled to stop drinking your product just because we do not want to support your campaign. I recently discovered your product and rave about it to all my friends and family. I am sad that now I have to make a decision whether to support your campaign by buyin the product. Sadly, my first step will be to unsubscribe from newsletters.

    • Hi Eugenia,

      So sorry that you take my position as fighting the caffeine battle with negativity. I just want both sides to be represented fairly! Actually our marketing slogan for Teeccino is “Teeccino lets you enjoy ‘coffee’ all day long”. We recognize that many people drink Teeccino who still enjoy coffee daily!

    • GM says:

      What are you talking about not wanting to “support your campaign”, EF? I found this to be a very neutral and legitimate article rooted in curiosity more than trying to sway readers one way or the other.

      You don’t have to be sad or make any decision not to drink a great product like Teeccino (which it is) just because you found Caroline’s info to be one-sided. If you like it, drink it! And drink coffee too if that’s your fancy.

      I agree that Teeccino can stand on its own as a delicious hot beverage, however it also can’t be denied that it has similarities to coffee, and the health benefits (of both) deserve a comparison every once in a while.

  2. Nita says:

    Dont throw the baby out with the bathwater Eugenia

  3. Andi D. says:

    As with any controversial topic there are always two sides arguing for their viewpoint. In this case many people feel that coffee has several benefits: Increasing dopamine, awakening the nervous system, helping one to feel more alert, curbing one’s appetite, etc. On the contrary, some people argue that coffee creates one to feel too jittery, creates insomnia, throws off the alkalinity in one’s system and in too large of doses can increase one’s blood sugar levels, leaving one to feel hungry.

    Overall, I found this article not to be an antidote for drinking more Teecino EF, but a blog discussion to shed light on a controversial topic. Everyone is entitled to their viewpoints, and I commend Ms. MacDougall in sharing her beliefs with us–she herself wouldn’t tell someone to go cold turkey from caffeine, but from her own experiences and breadth of knowledge would encourage us to take an occasional detox to help the body heal and return to it’s normal state–which many doctors recommend–refraining from coffee, green tea, alcohol, and processed foods as a way for the body to sensitize.

    This article is an epitome of controversy. Personally it has opened my eyes to a lot of health choices that are controversial—the benefits of Cocoa, wine, and beer. Despite these products all offering health benefits, their benefits are like those of almond butter and icecream (good in small doses, offering calcium, essential vitamins, can help burn fat, and protein)—everything is good in moderation. People are forgetting that coffee in moderation is a cup a day–not 2-3 Grande orders at Starbucks. It is important to note that caffeine takes 5-6 hours to leave your system, and at that point is still not all out of your body. Drink all the coffee you want, I’ll be sipping Teecino,and one small cup of my favorite blend a day, and peacefully sleeping at night and have the energy of a kid running around in a playground.

  4. Naomi Most says:

    Hahaha… I am sorry but not one of those folks is a credible expert.

  5. Christen says:

    I actually enjoy the information Caroline shares with all of us and am very grateful she takes the time to do so. I am very sensitive to acid/caffeine and stumbled on this product and website. I have been sharing with a sister who LOVES her coffee but also now struggles with anxiety. I am ‘testing’ it on myself and love that it is safe for even my kids! Hot cocoa is great but in moderation due to sugar. They love it! I wanted a product that I could drink but was safe and have found it! As for the debates about product promotion and picking Teechino or coffee Caroline isn’t ‘pushing’ she is simply concerned for the health of others and is sharing her talents with the public so if/when one is ready to switch they have a healthy as well as minimal withdrawal plan. Knowledge is a powerful tool and most people do not know their daily habit is in fact hurting them. For the rest of us we just have a yummy healthy drink other than water to enjoy! Thank you so much Caroline for your knowledge and the willingness/devotion to share with others. And how wonderful you were able to ensure financial security while doing so!

  6. Lori Lechleitner says:

    I love it!!! I have suffered from Gastritis for years, but love coffee. I tried several teas but cannot seem to acquire the taste. Teeccino has that robust flavor that every coffee lover enjoys!! Thank You Teeccino:-)

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