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Coffee research reveals no health risk.

For hundreds of years, coffee has been popular both for its stimulating effect and for its delicious taste. Coffee is drunk all over the world and has been the subject of much research by Nestle, along with other companies, into its effects on the human organism. So far, no study has succeeded in proving that coffee, drunk in moderation, represents any risk to the health.

Caffeine: some facts

Although caffeine is the best known component of coffee, it also contains hundreds of other elements, several of which play an important role in creating its taste and smell. Among these are carbohydrates, lipids, and mineral salts such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, and manganese.

Caffeine is the most active physiological component of coffee. It is also found in tea leaves, cocoa nibs and cola nuts. Its broncho-dilating properties are often used for treating asthma and respiratory problems. Caffeine is one of the constituents of many types of medication and of other medical preparations such as painkillers and cough syrups. It is a gentle stimulant which exercises an effect on the nervous system, improving concentration and the capacity to react.

The quantity of caffeine contained in a cup of coffee depends on the variety and on the preparation (instant coffee or ground coffee). As a general rule it will be between 50 mg and 100 mg. A cup of decaffeinated coffee only has 3 mg of caffeine.

Research with positive results

Extensive research has been undertaken by Nestle covering subjects as varied as cardio-vascular diseases, cancer, osteoporosis, ulcers, obesity, and gastric problems. When carrying out investigations, it is important to take everything into account which could affect health, such as smoking, alcoholism, an unbalanced diet, and lack of exercise. The combination of a number of these factors, coupled with high coffee consumption, can, for example, dramatically increase cardio-vascular risks, without coffee being the true cause.

A method of preparing coffee used in the Nordic countries, which consists of boiling the ground coffee without filtering it before drinking it, can raise the rate of cholesterol in the blood. However, no research has been able to demonstrate that coffee itself increases the risk of heart trouble. Research has shown that caffeine does not cause palpitations in people who are in good health and does not increase them in people who already. suffer from them. Coffee drinking does not cause hypertension and no difference has been observed in patients who already suffer from moderate hypertension and give up drinking coffee.

Similarly, it has not been possible to establish any relation of cause and effect between caffeine and osteoporosis, the decalcification of the bones which affects women during menopause. Some research has shown that, as caffeine stimulates the metabolism, the excretion of calcium, a constituent of the bones, is a little higher. However, it has not been possible to find any measurable effect on decalcification.

Finally, the many research studies carried out so far have not succeeded in establishing any link between a moderate consumption of coffee and the different types of cancer.

2.5 billion cups of coffee drunk each

day worldwide

In view of the impressive figures for coffee consumption worldwide, it seems clear that any real risk to health would have been discovered long ago. Among the many positive effects of coffee consumption are the quicker decoding of information by the brain, elimination of fatigue due to digestion, stimulation of gastric juices, and a wakening effect at any time, whether in the morning, after long hours of activity, or when working at night.

Let us not forget coffee's eminently social role, conducive to conviviality, relaxation, and friendly relationships. It certainly does not lead to dependence and who would ever want to give up drinking it, whether in the form of espresso, cappuccino, black coffee, or cafe au lait?

Nestle Sets Up Coffee Unit in Hungary

Nestle has purchased the Zamat factory in Budapest, with which it already had a licensing agreement covering the production of Nestquik. In addition to controlling the development of this product, the acquisition of Zamat provides Nestle with the opportunity to establish itself in the Hungarian market for coffee, basically consisting of roasted coffee, while continuing to promote Nescafe. The Zamat factory has 323,000 square feet of space and employs nearly 300 people. It is planned to create a distribution center there, as the factory is well situated in the center of Budapest.

According to Nestle, "One of the first objectives is to set up an efficient sales organization and train the personnel. Working methods in an economic environment which was not subject to much competition were very different from those of a market economy. It is therefore necessary to introduce modern methods of management in the areas of marketing, sales and distribution."

"Efforts will also be devoted to introducing Nestle's own working methods and corporate culture. The group will provide assistance with product development, expanding the production lines, improving the plant and its maintenance and observing standards of quality and hygiene."
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Date:Apr 1, 1993
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