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Topic: Coffee and Cholesterol (3 msgs / 75 lines)
1) From: Ralph Cohen
Ahhh.  Thanks to Gary ZImmerman, I've learned that the culprit
responsible for the connection between coffee, metal and cholesterol
isn't any kind of chemical reaction between the metal and the coffee,
instead it appears to be caused by certain compounds in coffee that are
absorbed by paper or cloth filters.  I did a search on Google (coffee
cholesterol) and found a number of articles about about studies showing
a link between slightly raised LDL levels and coffee not filtered
through absorbent materials, however none of them were particularly
alarmist.  Instead, any caution expressed was mostly directed towards
persons pre-existing high cholesterol condition.
In one of the articles, I ran into the following quote which seemed to
put any concerns in perspective.
	"Personally, I drink five or six cups a day,"
	says James A. Duke, Ph.D., a botanist
	retired from the U.S. Department of
	Agriculture and author of The CRC
	Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. "But I don't
	recommend drinking more than two." 
Ralph Cohen
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2) From: Steve Bien
Ivan,
There is more murk than clarity in our understanding of coronary artery
disease. The lipid hypothesis is actually 150 years old and based on the
finding of cholesterol in the fatty streaks that are commonly found in
arteries. Based on some animal studies, this was laid to high intake of
meat and animal fat. Rather than face dietary recommendations that might
adversely affect the meat industry, the beef lobby succeeded in
promoting the idea that somehow saturated fat is the culprit, even
though evidence suggesting that saturated fat reduction is scanty. 
Evidence for cholesterol lowering itself is thin except in men with
either diabetes and heart disease. With the widespread availability of
in office lipid testing, everyone now knows their lipid levels even
though their role in health for the general population is unknown. Even
so, it appears that for most people Hdl is a more important risk factor
than ldl, and hdl is primarily affected by exercise. 
Be that as it may, the role of coffee in this is very small if it exists
at all. coffee, in my opinion, has positive health effects including
positive effects on cognition and possibly playing a protective role in
bladder and bowel cancer through its anti oxidant properties. 
Food and nutrition journalist Michael pollan recently said that we
should stay away from any foods that have health claims, so lets just
say that coffee is wonderful and leave it at that. 
Steve
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3) From: Sandy Andina
I hesitate to mention this, but one can also raise HDL by increasing  
alcohol consumption.  Or--like I did--by carefully choosing my  
grandparents.
Sandy Andina (HDL of 94)
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On Apr 29, 2008, at 5:24 PM, Steve Bien wrote:
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