2018 Won't Be Decaf

Good news for all of the coffee pots! According to the latest studies as published in the New England Journal of Medicine, limited caffeine consumption can aid in the treatment of fatty liver. Research shows that there are health benefits for 2 cups of caffeinated coffee per day. However, Prof Tess warns that the bromide in coffee can be hazardous. Her advice is to drink 1 cup of coffee and 3 cups of tea per day for maximum health benefits. This is also an appropriate strategy for bariatric patients approaching surgery as many of these patients will have fatty liver disease.

Caffeine is the magic ingredient that holds some of these health benefits, specifically regarding the aid in treating fatty liver. Tea will almost always contain less caffeine than coffee; which is why one should always drink a larger quantity. White teas have the least amount of caffeine and black teas the most. Green teas are somewhere in the middle, however, Prof Tess greatly advises to not consume green tea or ginger tea if you are preparing for bariatric surgery. Green tea is a dehydrator and strong gastrointestinal tract stimulant and can therefore lead to health problems in post-bariatric patients.

The rule of thumb therefore is: Consume 1 cup of coffee and 3 cups of tea per day. If you choose to consume white tea- have 2 cups instead of one.

May this be splendid news for all of the people who's birthstones are coffee beans. Prof Tess has decided that she falls into this category...

The CEMMS Waterfall City Team

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