If you’ve been feeling guilty about how your lifestyle might be contributing to your cholesterol levels, your morning pick-me up might not be something you’re concerned about. Does that regular caffeine fix affect your cholesterol levels in a significant way? The answer is good news for coffee drinkers, but read on.
The consumption of coffee has increased exponentially over the last 15 years and yet there has been very little research into its impact on our health. We’re aware of the effects of “special” coffees like a latte and mocha, with its sugar and crème adding to a possibility unhealthy diet.
Let’s consider some of the different types of coffee on the market:
The common ingredient you might think is caffeine, which gets such a bad press in any case – along with everything else we might enjoy. But are two or three cups a day going to impact your cholesterol Terpenes levels?
The Role Of Caffeine
In spite of its poor reputation, caffeine doesn’t contribute dramatically to poor health outcomes; at least as far as cholesterol levels go. It can affect our digestion systems which can indirectly contribute to weight gain, but as far as controlling cholesterol goes, it’s not really a problem.
The real culprit in coffee are oils called terpene which have been shown in research to contribute to a rise in LDL, or so-called bad cholesterol.
But here’s the good news. Filtered coffee removes nearly all of these oils, resulting in an almost zero-impact on cholesterol. The bad news is that unfiltered coffee, made with a percolator or French press doesn’t remove all the terpene so if this is your favored brew you might need look at your coffee drinking in a fresh light.
Researchers make the point that even if coffee is adding to LDL levels, the amount is minor. But the effect could be a tipping point if other lifestyle aspects are not under control, such as getting sufficient exercise, healthy eating and natural supplements if you need them to control cholesterol.
My suggestion is that if you feel you have the bases covered with controlling high cholesterol, you don’t need to worry about your coffee consumption too much, especially if you stick to filtered coffee. But you might want to consider revising the type of coffee you have and consider an espresso or latte rather than a mocha or cappuccino.
One indirect danger in drinking too much coffee is that it could be an example of several other bad habits you might need to review. For example, do you have a doughnut with that coffee? Perhaps you could replace just one coffee a day with a glass of fruit juice. If you can drink less coffee, it might give you the confidence to tackle other lifestyle changes you need to make.
Andrew L. Gibson is just beginning his journey into understanding the causes of high cholesterol and heart disease. He is dedicated to putting the explanations into plain, easy to understand language that everyone can understand.
By understanding the issues, he believes it will be easier for people to create an all-round plan to help in controlling cholesterol which combines diet, exercise and natural supplements.