Monday, May 3, 2010

COFFEE


CAFFEINE - SHOULD I AVOID IT?

No! With fashionable coffee houses at every street corner, don’t miss out on any fun! Many a curious eye is turned when, as a dietitian, I order caffeinated coffee. 


According to a Norwegian study, up to five cups of coffee a day may reduce heart disease, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. However, these benefits are negated with more than five cups a day. 

This doesn't mean you have to force yourself to drink 5 cups of coffee a day. There are many foods and beverages that can help reduce diseases.

This means, if you're having 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day, that's okay. And I'm talking about 8 oz cups, not super-sizing 16 oz cups!

Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate. The recommended maximum daily intake is 450 mg caffeine per day. My recommendation is a maximum of three cups coffee, three cups tea, and three cans of diet pop per day. With the following checklist, you can calculate your caffeine intake:

BEVERAGE/FOOD/DRUG and CAFFEINE (mg)
Coffee (6 oz.) 
 - decaffeinated 2 
 - instant 60
- drip, brewed 105 
- espresso 100
- cappuccino 100 
Tea (6 oz.) 36 
 Chocolate Milk (8 oz.) 8 
Cola Drink (12 oz.) 45
Milk chocolate bar (2 oz) 20
Dark chocolate bar (2 oz) 37
Medications 60 - 200

It is not essential to have caffeine in the diet and moderate caffeine intake is not associated with any health risk. Unfortunately some of my clients drink ten 8 oz. cups of coffee per day which is certainly excessive.
A child's caffeine consumption should be closely monitored. Although caffeine is safe to consume in moderation, it may negatively affect a child's nutrition, replacing nutrient-dense foods such as milk. Restriction may be necessary for a hyperactive child as caffeine is a stimulant.
Pregnant women, and people with coronary heart disease or peptic ulcers may be advised by their health care provider to restrict or avoid consuming caffeine.

Many drugs will interact with caffeine. Consult with your health care provider or pharmacist.According to a 

This doesn't mean you have to force yourself to drink 5 cups of coffee a day. There are many foods and beverages that can help reduce diseases.

This means, if you're having 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day, that's okay. And I'm talking about 8 oz cups, not super-sizing 16 oz cups!

CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES

Some vegetables sound more healthy than others, depending on the published research. 


Many studies have found that cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, collards) lower risk for lung, colon, breast, bladder and ovarian cancer. 

Please include all veggies in your diet for good health.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

HYPERTENSION PREVENTION


Do you have hypertension (high blood pressure)?

First of all, lose weight if overweight.

Secondly, eat low salt, high potassium foods to reduce your risk for high blood pressure and stroke.

High potassium foods include oranges, grapefruit, tomato and pineapple juices; green peas, potatoes, bananas, meat and milk. Yum!

Enjoy tasty foods and stay in good health.