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The Myths about Caffeine

August 8, 2008

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Caffeine: Good or Bad?

Several of you commented on our recent post The Buzz on Caffeine . We encouraged you to write in about how coffee makes you feel. Some of you like it for its smell and taste, while others have adverse physical reactions to the beverage.  

A recent article in the New York Times goes into great detail about how confusing caffeine is. Is it good or bad? This article states: "Hardly a month goes by without a report that hails coffee, tea or caffeine as healthful or potential killers." It goes on to debunk caffeine myths including: caffeine is dehydrating, it is linked to cancer, hypertension, bone loss, heart disease and other illnesses.  

Isn’t it fascinating that there is such contradictory information out there about caffeine? This also happens with information about nutrition. Fat is good, fat is bad. Carbohydrates are good, carbohydrates are bad. It just goes to show that no one way of eating, or drinking, is right for everyone. Scientific studies will say one thing today and another thing tomorrow. Instead of getting confused about what to eat and drink by listening to the different recommendations, check in with yourself every day. Maybe coffee works for you today but maybe it won’t tomorrow.  

What is working for you now?  

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.