Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Coffee: save your budget or save your liver?

One of the most popular tips for saving money is to give up your daily latte, we've all heard this one a thousand times. But what if that coffee could save your liver? According to an article in the Seattle Times today, a new study from the AMA says that just one cup of coffee a day could reduce the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis by 20%:
"Coffee may counteract alcohol's poisonous effects on the liver and help prevent cirrhosis, researchers say.

In a study of more than 125,000 people, one cup of coffee per day cut the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis by 20 percent. Four cups per day reduced the risk by 80 percent. The coffee effect held true for women and men of various ethnic backgrounds."

Unfortunately, they don't know what specific ingredient it was in the coffee that did the trick. Nor did they say if the participants were drinking black coffee or double tall caramel lattes. And of course the obvious way to save both money and your liver is to not drink alcohol or coffee, but whats the fun in that?

And here's a Latte factor calculator I found.


Blogger mapgirl said...

Well this is good news, because after a night of drinking, I usually have a hangover and drink coffee to overcome it. Though I wonder if just drinking an Irish Coffee is the best course of action. ;-)

Daily coffee is fine. The question is really do you want to pay Starbucks $4 smackaroos or $1 to make it at home?

I do neither. I drink the free stuff at the office. I drink it for the caffeine, not the taste.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous story3girl said...

Hmmm. . . I would assume it's the coffee that's having an effect, not the double caramel syrup or the full fat steamed milk (mmmmm. . . ), so probably you could do as well with homemade drip coffee. Very frugal indeed.

9:58 AM  

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