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The Big Misconception About Coffee and Health

Anyone remember that old commercial?As a writer, I always find it fascinating to observe how people choose to live their lives. Given the same choices, opportunities, and access information, it seems that we would all choose different paths. That is what makes us all unique though, isn’t it?

Yet as a health writer, I also find it fascinating to observe how people choose to go about their path to wellness, given the same choices, opportunities and access to information. We choose different ways of eating, exercising, and staying spiritually or mentally healthy as well. There are so many choices out there for us. And yet some people choose to stay off the wellness path to wellness all together. So as a writer, I feel like it is my duty to keep pushing out health and wellness information. What you may choose to do with that information is completely up to you.

Even last week, the government has announced that the sugar substitute aspartame was deemed safe.  Many people, most probably, will not find that surprising. Yet I for one, still choose not to consume it regularly, because my personal suspicion is that this is not the last we will be hearing on the matter. It is all about information and choice.

Despite all of the “stuff” out there on the internet, there are still so many misconceptions, especially when it comes to health and fitness. There are entire books dedicated to eliminating health myths, such as the one that milk makes people develop more phlegm, or that cracking knuckles causes arthritis in the hands. There is also new research being released almost daily to help us learn more about our own wellness or to eliminate the myths.

The newest one comes out of Britain, where they just released a study showing that nearly one-tenth of adults believe coffee is a direct cause of cancer. A survey of 2,000 adults by the WCRF found that 9% believed drinking coffee would cause cancer. However, coffee consumption has been actually found to reduce the risk of certain types of cancers, including endometrial cancer, prostate cancer, head and neck cancers, oral cancer,  a common type of liver cancer, and breast cancer. It may even reduce the risk of breast cancer returning. One might want to keep an eye on how many cups of coffee he or she is consuming per day, however. Everything in moderation, I always say.

That same study also found that 10% of people think caffeine is the key to weight loss, though according to the Mayo Clinic, there is no clear evidence to show that increased caffeine consumption leads to weight loss. Many diet and exercise gurus prefer that all of their clients reduce their intake of caffeine prior to even starting a weight loss program.

And so I will continue to help disseminate and demystify wellness information, just as my colleagues here at Babble will do in their own areas of expertise. Do you have any questions about your wellness, or want to know whether something you have heard or read is true? If so, please leave it in the comments and I will do my best to get to the bottom of it for you!

 

Jessica also recently wrote:

Food Allergy Talk with the Super Nanny: 7 Tips for Staying Safe at Holiday Parties
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Science Proves Celebrities Actually Influence Our Health Goals
What Dwight Howard Can Teach Kids About Nutrition
9 Tips for a Less Stressful Holiday Season
How to Get Your Holiday Calorie Burn On
10 Steps to Achieving Your Health Goals in 2014
Read more from Jessica at FoundtheMarbles.com.  And be sure to follow her on Twitter too!
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