Coffee – The good, the bad and the cholesterol-ugly

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Back in December 2011 I wrote a post, ‘Cholesterol-y Coffee,’ about the sad, sad fact that drinking unfiltered coffee has been shown to raise cholesterol. Specifically LDL (bad) cholesterol. As there have been recent updates on this topic (see my The Cholesterol-Coffee Connection article on Answers.com) I thought it was a good time for a Going Lo-Co coffee-cholesterol update.

First, some good news. A 2008 study published by the Harvard School of Public Health stated, “Drinking up to six cups a day of coffee is not associated with increased risk of death from any cause, or death from cancer or cardiovascular disease.”

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Healthier Homemade Peppermint Mocha

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I am addicted to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. But it’s expensive at $4.35 a cup.  And even ordering it lo-co style – skim milk and no whipped cream – it still packs 290 calories and an astonishing 52g of sugar.

While that’s sad, it could be far worse.  Order the full-fat with whipped cream version and you’ll be drinking a scary 440 calories with 55mg of cholesterol and 54g of sugar.

Thank goodness I prefer skim milk – and my barista is kind enough to respond to my ‘skim milk’ request with, “so you want no whipped cream,

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Cholesterol-y Coffee?

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Coffee raises cholesterol?

This was the surprising and disturbing fact I recently learned in an email from my friend Lisa. If true, it means that in addition to changing the way I eat and exercise, and my doctor’s latest advice to reduce my daily wine intake (so not gonna’ happen), I should stop drinking coffee, too.

Cut out wine AND coffee?  Both?

No!

NoNoNoNoNo!

Once my toddler tantrum subsided, I took to the web to do some research. The bad news: there is a coffee-cholesterol connection. The good news: it’s French Press and other unfiltered coffee that increases cholesterol.

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The Hurricane Irene Shopping Spree

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With Hurricane Irene a’stormin up the east coast, I joined the thousands flocking to the stores this morning to stock up on food.

Actually, I must admit the embarrassing truth: my panic-buying began last night. What set me off was the scary idea of no phone for multiple days (we have cable-phone so if we lose power, we have no landline). So I went battery crazy. The first thing I nabbed was a set of 3 iPhone battery chargers. I had planned to buy one months ago but never got around to it. Of course now instead of just one,

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