Yearly Archives: 2008

Ask the expert: Coffee and health

The Expert: Dr. Rob van Dam

Dr. Rob van Dam

Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

The Summary

  • 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.
  • Some people may still want to consider avoiding coffee or switching to decaf, especially women who are pregnant,or people who have a hard time controlling their blood pressure or blood sugar.
  • It’s best to brew coffee with a paper filter,to remove a substance that causes increases in LDL cholesterol.
  • Coffee may have potential health benefits, but more research needs to be done.
  • Read more about coffee and tea compared to other beverages.

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Faculty in the Media 2008

Is Red Meat’s Bad Name Justified? — coverage from the Los Angeles Times, November 10, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Walter Willett

More Than Pickles and Ice Cream: The Link Between Diet and Fertility — coverage and podcast from Scientific American, October 15, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Walter Willett

Caffeine, Breast Cancer Link Minimal — coverage from, October 13, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Walter Willett

Hormone Discovery May Help Combat Diabetes — coverage from Reuters UK, September 18, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Gökhan Hotamisligil

Fat Molecule Fights Weight Gain — coverage from ScienceNOW Daily News, September 18, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Gökhan Hotamisligil

Following a Combination of Healthy Lifestyle Factors May Sharply Reduce Risk of Premature Death — press release of September 17, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Rob van Dam

Lifestyle Key to a Longer Life —  coverage from The Press Association, September 16, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Rob van Dam

Processed Meats and Your Kids — coverage and video from KSFY TV news, September 9, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Walter Willett

Hard to Swallow — coverage from The Baltimore Sun, September 8, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Meir Stampfer

Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure — coverage from U.S. News & World Report, August 31, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Dariush Mozaffarian.

New Attack Ad on TV, But This One Targets Hot Dogs — coverage from The Associated Press, August 26, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Lilian Cheung

New Dunkin’ Donuts Menu Runs on Salt, Lacks Fiber — coverage from The Boston Herald, July 31, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Walter Willett

Soya-Based Foods May Harm Male Fertility, Say Scientists  — coverage from The Guardian, July 24, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Jorge Chavarro

Best Diet: Low-Fat, Low-Carb or Mediterranean? — coverage from ABC News, July 16, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Meir Stampfer

Which Are Worse: Calories from Carbs or Fat? — coverage from Time, July 15, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Walter Willett

Babies Gain More Weight in Day Care — coverage from Time, July 8, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Karen Peterson

Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health — coverage from, July 7, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Hannia Campos

So Many Vitamins, So Little Time: Truths and Myths About Dietary Supplements — coverage and video from ABC News 20/20, July 4, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Eric Rimm

Move Over Food Pyramid, There’s A New Guide — video from New England Cable News, June 12, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Lilian Cheung

Vitamins Improve Tuberculosis Treatment — coverage from Reuters UK, June 12, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Eduardo Villamor

Study Links Sunshine Vitamin, Heart Health — coverage from CBS News, June 9, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Edward Giovannucci

Metabolic Syndrome Not a Good Predictor of Death — coverage from Reuters, May 20, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Dariush Mozaffarian

You Name It and Exercise Helps It — coverage from The New York Times, April 29, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Frank Hu

State Ban on Trans Fat Would Set a National Example — op ed piece from the Metrowest Daily News, April 26, 2008 by HSPH’s Walter Willett and Massachusetts State Rep. Peter Koutoujian

High Levels of Urate Could Slow Parkinson’s — coverage from USA TODAY, April 14, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Alberto Ascherio

Less Sleep, More TV Leads To Overweight Infants And Toddlers — coverage from Science Daily, April 7, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Matthew Gillman

Some Scientists Questioning Folic Acid Fortification — coverage from Baltimore Sun, January 30, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Walter Willett

New Drugs and Hopes For an MS Vaccine — coverage from The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 22, 2007 featuring HSPH’s  Alberto Ascherio

Coffee, Pregnancy and Premenstrual Syndrome — coverage from The Times, January 28, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Alberto Ascherio.

Study Shows Caffeine Elevates Blood Glucose Levels in People With Diabetes — coverage from CBS News, January 29, 2008 featuring HSPH’s  Rob van Dam

Caffeine Could Spell Trouble For Diabetics — coverage from U.S. News and World Report, January 28, 2008 featuring HSPH’s Rob van Dam