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Decaffeinated coffee is link to higher LDL levels.

Decaffeinated Coffee Is Link to Higher LDL Levels

Consumption of decaffeinated coffee appears to raise low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels. In one study, 181 nonsmoking, middle-aged men, who drank three to six cups of caffeinated coffee daily for two months, were randomized to continue using caffeinated coffee, to drink decaffeinated coffee or to consume no coffee for two months.

Plasma LDL, high-density lipoprotein (HDLe, [HCL.sup.2.C], apolipoprotein A-I and apolipoprotein B levels were measured at the end of each period. The group that began drinking decaffeinated coffee showed a significant increase in LDL cholesterol and apolipoprotein B. The average LDL level was 9 mg per dL higher in this group than in the groups who drank caffeinated coffee or no coffee.

The men who continued drinking regular coffee and those who stopped drinking coffee had identical LDL and apolipoprotein B levels. The differences between the effects of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee may be due to the type of coffee beans used; the robusta bean is used in most decaffeinated coffees, while the arabica bean is more commonly used in regular coffee. -- H. Robert Superko, M.D., et al, Lipid Research Clinic, Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, Stanford (cAlif.) university.
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Title Annotation:low-density lipoprotein
Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Mar 22, 1990
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