The new dietary guidelines for beverages recommend tea and coffee second only to water in healthfulness, but what about concerns they might impair the function of our endothelium?
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I’m fascinated by how complicated such a simple question can get. The take-home is that water is the healthiest beverage, followed by tea.
The effects of coffee on cancer risk are more salutary:
Coffee and Cancer (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/coffee-and-cancer)
What About the Caffeine? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/what-about-the-caffeine)
Preventing Liver Cancer with Coffee? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/preventing-liver-cancer-with-coffee)
It also matters what goes into the coffee. My video on aspartame and brain function (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/aspartame-and-the-brain/) explores the potential benefits of coffee in reducing suicide risk, which may be undermined by the addition of artificial sweeteners.
Since this video was originally published, I have some newer ones on coffee:
Does Coffee Affect Cholesterol? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/does-coffee-affect-cholesterol)
Which Coffee Is Healthier: Light vs. Dark Roast? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/which-coffee-is-healthier-light-vs-dark-roast/)
Does Low-Acid Coffee Cause Less Acid Reflux? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/does-low-acid-coffee-cause-less-acid-reflux/)
Do the Health Benefits of Coffee Apply to Everyone? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/do-the-health-benefits-of-coffee-apply-to-everyone/)
Regarding artery function, I also have videos on walnuts, dark chocolate, tea, plant-based diets, olive oil, and vinegar. Just go to NutritionFacts.org and do a search for them.
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