Mercy Registered Dietitian Leigh Tracy of The Center For Endocrinology Offers a Few Thoughts About Coffee
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, coffee has been linked to lower risks of endometrial cancer. Coffee contains cancer fighting antioxidant phytochemicals and is a good source of the B vitamin, riboflavin. Additionally, research has not found an association between caffeine intake and the development of fibrocystic breast disease, a condition with non-cancerous fibrous lumps in the breast.
Studies indicate that moderate amounts of coffee intake (three to four eight-ounce cups of black coffee) are considered safe to drink. Caffeinated beverages, including coffee, are considered hydrating according to the Institute of Medicine as it has been shown to contribute to total water intake.
A new coffee trend may be the interest in the supposed health benefits of “Bulletproof Coffee,” a mix of coffee, butter and MCT (Medium-Chain Triglycerides) oil.
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) are saturated fatty acids that are easily digested and are transported to the liver where as other lipids are broken down, repackaged, and sent to the blood. Research is still ongoing to determine the potential benefits of MCT oils for weight loss. The Recommended Dietary Allowances for healthy adults is 30-100g of MCT. The Bulletproof coffee is not a nutritious breakfast. Focus more on eating a well balanced breakfast.
-- Leigh Tracy, RD, LDN, a dietitian at The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy Medical Center
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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