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A large study of nearly half a million older adults followed for about 12 years showed --
As coffee drinking increased, the risk of death decreased.
Study author Neal Freedman, PhD, MPH, National Cancer Institute, discusses the significance of these findings and the potential links between coffee drinking, caffeine consumption, and various specific causes of disease in an interview in Journal of Caffeine Research, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available on the Journal of Caffeine Research website.
"Epidemiology of Caffeine Consumption and Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-specific Mortality" presents an in-depth interview exploring the many factors that could contribute to the association between coffee, disease, and mortality.
Dr. Freedman examines the relationship between coffee drinking and behaviors such as smoking and alcohol abuse, the physiological effects of caffeine on blood pressure and cardiac function, and the importance of differentiating between the effects of coffee and caffeine.
"Given the near-universal daily consumption of caffeine, Dr. Freedman's research underscores the urgent need for randomized controlled trials to identify which components of coffee and other caffeine beverages benefit or harm consumers, under what circumstances, and in relation to which health outcomes," says Jack E. James, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Caffeine Research.
- Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News. (2013, February 21). "Caffeine Consumption And Mortality." Medical News Today. Retrieved from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/256623.php.
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Hold the Press Releases, Suz!
MM runs on Starbucks. I heart my 'bucks. However I only get my jolt of real in-store 'bucks espresso once a week or less. Since I don't drive, and there's no 'bucks anywhere near me, I have to wait until I'm in a 'bucks region. I am fully aware of my likelihood to be a multibucks-per-day person. Give me a job in the city -- and the option for 'bucks locally? I'd be mainlining the stuff and twitching on the subway. I am sure that I would find ways to rationalize my coffee spending. Just watch me. :)
However -- I am also frugal. Reading this article from Yahoo Finance is damn near enough to make me DUMP the stuff cold-turkey and put the coffee-funds in the bank every week.
Because. OMG. Some of YOU are spending MORE THAN THIS! (Don't even get me started on the OTHER addictions you're wasting money on. Hi, butts!)
If you buy one $4 latte each day, that coffee habit will set you back $28 a week, about $120 a month and $1,460 per year.
Keep that up for five years, and you've slurped away $7,300, not including any money you might have earned by investing your cash instead.
If you account for missed investment returns, the loss amounts to roughly $9,300 (assuming a 9% average return).
After 10 years, your Starbucks habit costs you a car.
After 30 years, the $239,891 that you drank away (including investment returns), could have bought a house.
Over 40 years, the Starbucks habit could reduce your retirement nest-egg by anastounding $634,428 -- enough to generate an income of more than $2,600 a month.
Did you see my mouth drop?
How can you save a 'bucks? Quit going there so often. None of us NEED several 'bucks a day. NONE OF US. (That hurts my heart to even SAY.)
Nobody needs a Frappuccino.
Change up your order. Learn how to order ghetto-bucks like MM. Hey, I like saving money. I get the most espresso I CAN for the least amount of money.
- Learn to drink less 'bucks per day.
- Dump the super high calorie drinks for simpler espresso, coffee and teas -- they're cheaper!
- Buy beans! The beans at Starbucks "seem" the freshest, but they are available everywhere in grocery stores and places like Costco. Brewed, they're all good.
- Regular ground beans are the cheapest option, in a typical drip brewer.
- It's worth it to get a high-end espresso maker for home -- and buy espresso beans. You can match your spending in a couple months.
- K-Cups are lovely, but VERY expensive.
- If you must buy K-Cups, buy in BULK.
Yes, I am calculating my potential savings. But, you're still going to have to pry the espresso out of my hands. My very cold hands. It's 0 degrees outside, and I still want my Venti Iced Americano.
What follows is a Hungry Girl Recipe, with MM modifications added.
Now, you must know the honest truth: the Mocha Coconut Beverage on the Starbucks menu skeeves me out. It could be that I am SO. HARDWIRED. FOR. DUMPING. AFTER. GASTRIC. BYPASS... because I know what it would DO TO ME that I can't even imagine attempting the real thing. I have NEVER had a real Starbucks Frap. Ever.
But, every time I'm in the store with someone else, THEY are freaking DROOLING over them, and this new concotion, is a particular fave.
And, yes, one of my favorite candies is a "Mounds Bar"-- not that I can actually eat those either. I do hit the Atkins Coconut Bars once in a while. *sigh*
But! I heart them forever. So, for you: a calorie and sugar swap that's worth a whirl.