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Coffee and Cholesterol

We all have to wake up.  It is part of being human; but some of us seem to be better at it than others.

 

Many of us have that friend who wakes up bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to take on the day. The one who goes to the gym at four in the morning- before work. Who knows?

 

Maybe they go to bed at 8 PM. Then there are the rest of us who stay up late trying to catch up on work, correspondence, late night TV, and multiplying piles of laundry. No sooner does our head hit the pillow then the buzz of the alarm goes off. We wake up groggy and dependent on our routines to get our motor started.  For many of us, coffee is an integral part of that routine.

 

The gas for our motor! It seems to offer a hug in a mug. Warm and fresh, it stimulates our senses with the comforting familiar aroma that eases us into the wakeful state. Some folks like to prepare their coffee at home and enjoy it in their favorite mug. Others prefer to frequent their favorite coffee shop and order their caffeinated concoction from a bubbly barista, and others wait until they get to the office to enjoy their java.

 

With coffee being consumed on a regular basis and over long periods of time, it seems only natural to examine how it can affect our health. Especially our heart health. There are many claims about coffee and cholesterol. Studies on how coffee increases cholesterol levels have been mixed. One thing is clear: Coffee may raise cholesterol, but this depends on how you brew it and how much you drink. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, coffee may also impact your health.

 

Let’s start with what cholesterol is and what it does. Cholesterol is a waxy substance. It’s not “bad” because your body needs it to build cells. But too much can be a problem.

 

Cholesterol comes from two sources. Your body (specifically your liver) makes all the cholesterol you need. The rest you get from consuming animal products. For example, meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products contain cholesterol (called dietary cholesterol). More importantly, these foods are high in saturated and trans fat.

 

That’s a problem because these fats cause your liver to make more cholesterol than it otherwise would. For some people, this added production means they go from a normal cholesterol level to one that’s unhealthy.

 

Some tropical oils, such as palm oil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil, also can trigger your liver to make more cholesterol. These oils are often found in baked goods.

 

Cholesterol matters because it circulates in the blood, and as blood cholesterol levels rise, so does the risk to your health. That’s why it’s important to have your cholesterol tested so you can know your levels. If those levels become dangerous, you can then take the necessary actions to  lower your cholesterol by making changes in your diet and lifestyle.

 

There are actually two types of cholesterol: "bad" and "good." LDL cholesterol is the bad kind. HDL is the good kind. Too much of the bad kind — or not enough of the good kind — increases the chances that cholesterol will start to slowly build up in the inner walls of arteries that feed the heart and brain.

 

For now, think of LDL cholesterol as being like a tree which drops leaves into your rain gutters. HDL cholesterol is like the person who climbs the ladder and cleans out the rain gutters. This (good) person helps keep the rain gutters from becoming clogged.

 

Together with other substances, cholesterol can form a thick, hard deposit that can narrow the arteries and make them less flexible. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, a heart attack or stroke can result.

 

High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. If you have other risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure or diabetes, this risk increases even more. The more risk factors you have and the more severe they are, the more your overall risk rises.

 

So what is this much publicized link between coffee and cholesterol?  Coffee doesn’t contain cholesterol like many animal products do. Instead, coffee affects how your body produces cholesterol. Several studies over the past decade have shown a link between coffee and cholesterol. According to one study, coffee oils (known as diterpenes) such as cafestol and kahweol are to blame. Coffee oils are naturally found in caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.

 

Research indicates that cafestol affects the body’s ability to metabolize and regulate cholesterol. According to a meta-analysis of controlled studies on coffee and cholesterol, coffee oils may decrease bile acids and neutral sterols. This may lead to increased cholesterol. Researchers concluded that cafestol is the “most potent cholesterol-elevating compound identified in the human diet.”

 

If you have a genetic mutation that slows down coffee metabolism in your body, and you drink two or more cups of coffee a day, your risk of heart disease may be higher.

 

Coffee oils are most potent in coffees where the grounds have the longest contact with the water during brewing. A French press, which brews coffee by continually passing water through the grounds, has been shown to have greater concentrations of cafestol.

 

Brewing in an American-style coffee pot with a filter, on the other hand, has relatively low levels, as the water is only passed through the grounds once. Most of the cafestol is left behind in the filter no matter what the roast. Another study found that Turkish-style simmered coffee and Scandinavian-style boiled coffee had the highest amount of diterpenes. Instant coffee and drip-brewed coffee had “negligible” amounts, and espresso had intermediate amounts.

 

Research has shown that drinking five cups of coffee daily from a French press brewing method can increase blood cholesterol levels by 6 to 8 percent.

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