FILTERED FOR YOUR HEALTH
By Angela Garrity, Guest Blogger
Let’s be honest — Nothing gets us out of bed quite like coffee. Even smelling it has been known to wake the dead.
We know that there are multiple health benefits in consuming coffee, but a new study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology states it can lengthen your life, but only if you prepare it with a filter.
According to The Mercury News, “Unfiltered coffee contains substances which increase blood cholesterol. Using a filter removes these and makes heart attacks and premature death less likely,” said study author Dag Thelle, a senior professor in the public health and community medicine department of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
“Our study provides strong and convincing evidence of a link between coffee brewing methods, heart attacks and longevity,” Thelle said.
The article continues in stating that “Filtered coffee was linked to a 15% reduced risk of death from any cause, a 12% decreased risk of death from cardiovascular disease in men and a 20% lowered risk of death from heart disease in women when compared to drinking no coffee.”
Drinking coffee, as long as it is filtered, was found to be healthier than drinking no coffee at all. That’s great news for those of us who live by the cup (or carafe).
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The study findings didn’t “pour out the joy” for anyone brewing coffee in an unfiltered state. Those who prefer brewing via French press, Greek or Turkish methods, can actually increase the risk of heart disease, the study cites.
“Unfiltered coffee, like Greek and Turkish coffee, which is boiled, or coffee made in a French press contain higher amounts of cafestol and kahweol — chemicals found in oil droplets floating in the coffee and also in the sediment,” said registered dietitian Lisa Drayer, a CNN health and nutrition contributor.
“Studies have shown that these substances can raise triglyceride levels and LDL cholesterol levels,” Drayer said. “So stick with filtered coffee, such as a paper filter that you would use in a drip-brewed coffee, which can help to trap these chemicals.”
Maybe stick with a filter when you brew. It would be a lot cooler if you did.
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