by Louis A. Del Monte
Coffee has been around for approximately 1000 years. Some legends hint the Ethiopians were the first to discover coffee back in the 10th century. However, the earliest substantiated evidence of coffee drinking dates back to the 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen. In the next hundred years, it quickly spread to most of the known world, including America. Unfortunately, a negative stigma surrounds drinking coffee, such as causing heart disease and cancer. However, Dr. Donald Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic dispels these stigmas asserting, “Recent studies have generally found no connection between coffee and an increased risk of heart disease or cancer.”
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Context: Donald Hensrud, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic nutrition expert and editor of The Mayo Clinic Diet Book. “There is a common belief that coffee is not healthy," says Dr. Hensrud. "There are side effects from coffee that may limit consumption in some people, including insomnia; gastroesophageal reflux disease; urinary symptoms, such as frequency and urgency; nervousness and anxiety if consuming too much; and others. However, from a health standpoint, these two studies are consistent with many other studies that show overall health benefits. There is fairly good evidence that coffee is associated with decreased risk of liver disease and liver cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes, and even improved mood and decreased risk of depression." You can read more about what Dr. Hensrud has to say on this topic on Mayo Clinic New Network.
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