Drink up?! Coffee consumption linked with positive health outcomes

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Coffee arguably tops the list of the most consumed beverages in the U.S. and in many countries around the globe. The health benefits or risks of coffee consumption is a frequent question and concern from my intro nutrition students over the years. Observational studies have found that coffee consumption is linked with decreased risk of a variety of inflammatory related diseases including type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain types of cancer – and even reduction in all-cause mortality. Research and guidelines echo that intakes of 3-5 cups per day (about 400 mg. caffeine) appear not only to be safe, but potentially beneficial. It is important to note that intake of children and teens should be significantly less, if consumed at all. In addition, moderation is warranted for individuals sensitive to the effects of caffeine. The 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans cites popular coffee based sweetened beverages as a significant contributing source of added sugars in the U.S diet. Here’s a recent review of interest entitled Coffee consumption, health benefits and side effects: a narrative review and update for dietitians a....


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Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for Learn25.com (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.