Q: Is coffee healthy? I’ve heard a cup a day is good for you but then I’ve been told to shy away from caffeine. What should I do?
A: I don’t think there’s sufficient evidence to actually make the claim that caffeine is “healthy”. However, there are studies to suggest that caffeine is not necessarily harmful to the body.
The well-respected Framingham Heart Study examined all potential links between caffeine intake and cardiovascular disease and found no harmful effects from drinking coffee.
However, if you are someone who suffers from sleeping problems, anxiety or tachycardia (a fast heart beat), then it might be wise to reduce your consumption.
Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.
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