Organisation - March 31, 2005

Coffee allowed

It is alright for heart patients to drink coffee, according to an article by Professors Martijn Katan and Evert Schouten in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The piece is a critical review of a big Danish study that found no link between coffee consumption and heart rhythm disorders. According to the research, the only risk associated with filter coffee is that after about five cups of coffee a day blood pressures rises a little. ‘The effect is strong enough to advise high-risk patients to reduce their caffeine intake,’ write Katan and Schouten. ‘But other measures, such as stopping smoking, losing weight, more exercise and a diet containing fewer trans-fatty acids and saturated fats, will have more effect.’ / WK

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