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Is Coffee Healthy?

Is Coffee Healthy?

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

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7:20AM PDT on May 7, 2013

Too much of anything ... also coffee! unhealthy....for sure....

1:47AM PDT on May 6, 2013

Thank you :)

11:29AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

In moderation, every now and then why don't drink coffee? However, I think it is much more healthier consuming green tea and if you drink coffee for caffeine then you will have it as well choosing that delicious tea.

10:25PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

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2:44AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Coffee isn't for everyone, while it doesn't bother me as I drink so little it will bother others...but then I can't eat shellfish while someone else will thrive on it.

Remember the aroma of percolating coffee in the kitchen as a child. Drink tea far more often but love the aroma and occasional taste of coffee.

2:32AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

I love coffee. I don't drink much of it.....1 or 2 cups a day. I savor the flavor and aroma. I'm thankful for the respite of enjoyment..... Life is good. :-)

3:04PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012


5:41AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

in moderation, as always

4:09PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

10:39AM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Thank you for an interesting article. Enjoying everything in moderation seems to be the answer....

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