11.11.2014

Increasing the number of cups of caffeinated coffee you drink could lower your risk of developing the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma




Increasing the number of cups of caffeinated coffee you drink could lower your risk of developing the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, according to a study published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Of the 112,897 participants included in the analyses, 22,786 developed basal cell carcinoma during the more than 20 years of follow-up in the two studies. An inverse association was observed between all coffee consumption and risk of basal cell carcinoma. Similarly, an inverse association was seen between intake of caffeine from all dietary sources (coffee, tea, cola and chocolate) and risk of basal cell carcinoma. However, consumption of decaffeinated coffee was not associated with a decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma.

"These results really suggest that it is the caffeine in coffee that is responsible for the decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma associated with increasing coffee consumption," said Han. "This would be consistent with published mouse data, which indicate caffeine can block skin tumor formation. However, more studies in different population cohorts and additional mechanistic studies will be needed before we can say this definitively."

In contrast to the findings for basal cell carcinoma, neither coffee consumption nor caffeine intake were inversely associated with the two other forms of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, the most deadly form of the disease.

Only 1,953 cases of squamous cell carcinoma and 741 cases of melanoma were recorded among the 112,897 participants included in Han's analyses.



Source:  Science Daily who used a study from this site as their article source.

11.09.2014

Another easy recipe that uses instant coffee - Almond Caramel Cheesecake Triangles with a Cookie Crust


This has been sitting in my files forever and ever but never posted. I'm thinking it came from Folger's (?) but that is a guess on my part.  It uses a bunch of prepared items you can buy at the store (meaning; you don't have to make things like the cookie dough or caramel sauce from scratch) so it goes together quick and easy!  

Not only does it have a bit of 'coffee' in it, I think it would go perfectly WITH coffee.  Enjoy!


Almond Caramel Cheesecake Triangles

No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 (17.5 oz.) package Pillsbury sugar cookie mix
1/2 c cold butter
3/4 c sliced almonds, coarsely chopped
1 c milk chocolate toffee baking bits
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 t Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee Crystals
2 T  flour
1 (12 oz.) jar Smucker's Caramel Flavored Topping
2 large eggs
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t salt

Heat oven to 350°F. Coat bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray. Place cookie mix in large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into prepared pan to form a crust. Bake 10 minutes.

Combine reserved crumb mixture, almonds and toffee bits in small bowl; toss with fork. Beat cream cheese and coffee crystals in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add flour, 3/4 cup caramel topping, eggs, vanilla and salt. Spread cream cheese mixture over hot crust. Sprinkle with crumb mixture.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cover and chill 2 hours. Cut into 3-inch squares. Cut diagonally into triangles. Drizzle with remaining caramel topping just before serving.


11.07.2014

Homemade Cafe au Lait Ice Cream


I know November is an odd time to post about ice cream... but I mean to post this last July.  I was on a big 'coffee ice cream' kick.  Life got in the way, this file got put into a draft folder and I never got back to it.  Ooops.  Life happens.

This homemade ice cream recipe doesn't require an ice cream maker... for those of you who don't own one.  You can freeze it in a pan and scoop from there.  I do have an ice cream maker, but this is a nice alternative.



Cafe au Lait Ice Cream

4 t instant coffee crystals
1/2 c hot water
2 c heavy cream
1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 t almond extract
1/2 c toasted chopped pecans or almonds


Dissolve instant coffee in water in large bowl; cool. Add cream, sweetened condensed milk and almond extract.
Beat with mixer 7 minutes or until light and fluffy (mixture will mound but not hold peaks). Fold in nuts, if desired.    Spoon into 8-inch square baking pan or 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cover; freeze 4 hours or until firm. To serve, scoop into dessert dishes.








11.04.2014

Coffee, caffeine and blood pressure: a critical review



Previously I posted a short study I found on a government website when I was wondering about official studies to show effects of caffeine on the body - mainly blood pressure.  On the same site (NCBI) I found many that found there effects on blood pressure.  I'm going to post a link to a second paper here - this one, using databases from 1966 through 1996 instead of real life test subjects like the previous.



Coffee, caffeine and blood pressure: a critical review.

Nurminen ML1, Niittynen L, Korpela R, Vapaatalo H.


OBJECTIVE:

We review the published data relating to intake of coffee and caffeine on blood pressure in man. We also refer to studies on the possible mechanisms of actions of these effects of caffeine.

DESIGN:

The MEDLINE and Current Contents databases were searched from 1966 to April 1999 using the text words 'coffee or caffeine' and 'blood pressure or hypertension'. Controlled clinical and epidemiologic studies on the blood pressure effects of coffee or caffeine are reviewed. We also refer to studies on the possible mechanisms of action of these effects of caffeine.

RESULTS:

Acute intake of coffee and caffeine increases blood pressure. Caffeine is probably the main active component in coffee. The pressor response is strongest in hypertensive subjects. Some studies with repeated administration of caffeine showed a persistent pressor effect, whereas in others chronic caffeine ingestion did not increase blood pressure. Epidemiologic studies have produced contradictory findings regarding the association between blood pressure and coffee consumption. During regular use tolerance to the cardiovascular responses develops in some people, and therefore no systematic elevation of blood pressure in long-term and in population studies can be shown.

CONCLUSIONS:

We conclude that regular coffee may be harmful to some hypertension-prone subjects. The hemodynamic effects of chronic coffee and caffeine consumption have not been sufficiently studied. The possible mechanisms of the cardiovascular effects of caffeine include the blocking of adenosine receptors and the inhibition of phosphodiesterases.


Read the full study here.





11.03.2014

One study shows a week of regular caffeine consumption by non-coffee drinkers had no effect on their blood pressure, heart rate, plasma renin activity, or urinary catecholamines




This afternoon I started to think about the effects of caffeine on blood pressure.  A quick search online brought up much information and many studies, but this one from The National Center for Biotechnology (a .gov link) found this small section test on 18 average persons between the ages of 21 and 52 had no effects on the above aforementioned health tests.
 

Tolerance to the humoral and hemodynamic effects of caffeine in man.

D Robertson, D Wade, R Workman, R L Woosley, and J A Oates

Acute caffeine in subjects who do not normally ingest methylxanthines leads to increases in blood pressure, heart rate, plasma epinephrine, plasma norepinephrine, plasma renin activity, and urinary catecholamines. Using a double-blind design, the effects of chronic caffeine administration on these same variables were assessed. Near complete tolerance, in terms of both humoral and hemodynamic variables, developed over the first 1-4 d of caffeine. No long-term effects of caffeine on blood pressure, heart rate, plasma renin activity, plasma catecholamines, or urinary catecholamines could be demonstrated. Discontinuation of caffeine ingestion after 7 d of administration did not result in a detectable withdrawal phenomenon relating to any of the variables assessed.

You can read the full text here; Tolerance to the humoral and hemodynamic effects of caffeine in man.