Morning Joe Jolts Blood Sugar

New research claims that a morning cup of coffee causes glucose levels to rise. Sharon Kirkey of Canwest News:
Eating low-sugar cereal may seem like the healthy choice but drink a cup of coffee before breakfast and you might as well go for the chocolate corn pops.

Canadian researchers say drinking coffee before eating your morning cereal can affect the body's blood-sugar response and cause blood glucose levels to rise dramatically - especially when eating low-sugar cereals.

According to the study by University of Guelph researchers, blood sugar levels in people who ate low-sugar cereal were 250 per cent higher if they drank caffeinated coffee before or with breakfast, compared to decaf.

Eating low-sugar cereal may seem like the healthy choice but drink a cup of coffee before breakfast and you might as well go for the chocolate corn pops.

Canadian researchers say drinking coffee before eating your morning cereal can affect the body's blood-sugar response and cause blood glucose levels to rise dramatically - especially when eating low-sugar cereals.
Now, Dr. Fuhrman drops an interesting tidbit about coffee in Eat For Health:
It is difficult to discern the precise risks from heavy coffee drinking because most people who drink lots of coffee, do lots of other unhealthy behaviors too.
And eating processed breakfast cereal is certainly an unhealthy behavior.
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Jonathan - June 24, 2008 9:37 AM

Well i think we all know that coffee is probably not the best drink to have first thing in the morning. One of my clients drinks a ton of the stuff and is always sweating. He is a surgeon and has to wear a headband and have his brow wiped to keep the sweat from dripping onto the patient. Now, i should say most surgeons do sweat during phsyically demanding cases but in this case he sweats even in the easy ones. The energy boost is fabulous, i must admit. Especially if you are a cyclist or a runner,....it makes a difference. But, for the average Joe, please don't excuse the pun, drinking a huge cup of coffee every morning can't be a good idea. Energy levels are then out of whack all day, bowel movements can hit like an avalanche, your teeth stain, your breath stinks, you have to wear copious amounts of deoderant, you don't think as clearly, your emotional state can be erratic and most of all... too much of anything isn't good for you. Contrary arguement would include facts like " my grandfather drank coffee his entire life and lived to be 103." These are the kinds of arguements that make my comments look silly. Genetics play a role in all of this as well. So i guess to balance this all out i would say take into account the side effects of bad breath, altered thinking, blurred vision, emotional response, did i say bad breath?, and unpredictable bowel movements!!

Heidi - March 17, 2012 12:08 AM

Does decaf coffee also increase blood sugar? I know it still isn't healthy, but.... I do have a cup (a bucket, really) every morning, while in bed, as a ritual. So...this kills me.

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