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Coffee's Perks

Good news for coffee lovers: your morning java can be good for you! Test your coffee smarts with this quiz.

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Coffee's Perks
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What is considered moderate coffee intake?

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The correct answer is: Moderate coffee intake is about one to four cups daily. And drinking this much can be good for you: One Iowa Women's Health study tracking 27,000 women over 15 years found that the risk of cardiovascular disease dropped by 24 percent among those who drank one to three cups of coffee a day.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What vitamins are found in coffee?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Coffee is a good source of magnesium, potassium and vitamin B3.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Americans get most of their antioxidants from coffee.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Americans do get most of their antioxidants from coffee.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Drinking a moderate amount of coffee can decrease your risk of developing diabetes by what percent?

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The correct answer is: Research shows that coffee can decrease insulin resistance and decrease the development of diabetes by 25 percent. But go easy on the sugar: people who add the sweet stuff to coffee or tea don't get that same benefit, and they run a higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

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How many cups of coffee a day should you drink to decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Disease?

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The correct answer is: Hardcore coffee drinkers have this going for them: studies reveal that six or more cups (4 ounces of coffee) of joe a day can lower your risk of Parkinson's disease by approximately 40 percent and your risk of Alzheimer's disease by approximately 20 percent. Researchers are not quite sure why coffee offers these benefits, but they suspect caffeine has a beneficial impact on neurotransmitters.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Coffee is good for your teeth.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Coffee causes mouth dryness, which promotes tooth decay. Plus, the tannic acid in coffee stains tooth enamel.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of the following are proven side effects of drinking coffee?

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The correct answer is: The caffeine in coffee has been proven to cause minor health issues such as insomnia, anxiety, heartburn and a temporary increase in blood pressure.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

How many months does drinking a moderate amount of coffee take off of your RealAge?

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The correct answer is: Caffeine's effect is substantial, whether it's coffee or in low-calorie soft drinks. It can help you live three to six months younger.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's not safe for women with heart disease to drink coffee.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A study done on nurses found that coffee does not increase the mortality of women with a history of stroke or heart disease, even if they drink as much as four cups a day. However, a small number of women are "slow metabolizers" of caffeine, and these women can have problems like high blood pressure.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

If you drink one cup of regular coffee a day, you can decrease your risk of all types of cancers by what percent?

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The correct answer is: By drinking just one cup of regular coffee per day, you can reduce your risk of all cancers by 3 percent. Go for lighter roasts, which contain more cancer-fighting antioxidants.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Coffee has been found to cut the risk of developing which type of skin cancer?

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The correct answer is: The caffeine in regular coffee has been found to lower the risk of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer. Research shows the risk of basal cell carcinoma to be 20 percent lower in women who drink more than three cups of coffee a day, compared to women who rarely touch the stuff. Men get protection too, but less (about nine percent).

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Why should older women avoid drinking decaf coffee?

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The correct answer is: According to research presented at the American College of Rheumatology meeting, older women should stay away from decaf coffee to avoid getting rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers found that women who drank four or more cups of decaffeinated coffee daily were more than twice as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis during the course of follow-up.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking coffee can help you lose weight.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Over the long term, caffeine actually reduces your metabolism. You begin to need greater amounts of caffeine just to stay alert. The slower metabolism actually causes you to gain weight on less food. It raises cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is a hormone that is responsible for fat storage in the body. It causes your blood sugar to spike. Then after the caffeine begins to wear off your blood sugar plummets. This causes you to crave sugar. In other words you think you're hungry when you're really not.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking coffee can help treat migraine headaches.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Some people find that simply drinking a caffeinated beverage can ease their migraine headache. Caffeine causes blood vessels to narrow, which counters the blood vessel expansion that contributes to migraine pain.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What is the unhealthiest way to brew coffee?

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The correct answer is: Some studies single out the French-press method as the unhealthiest way to brew coffee. That's because coffee that's not filtered through paper has more cafestol, a substance that affects the liver in ways that raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol.

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What types of coffee beans should you brew for maximum heart health?

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The correct answer is: Lightly roasting coffee preserves more of its phenols, beneficial substances that keep your blood vessels flexible. That helps your blood vessels expand and contract better with every heartbeat. Bonus: Decaf coffee contains phenols, too.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Women who are pregnant should avoid drinking coffee.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Moms-to-be don't have to give up the java; they're just advised to go easy on it. Experts recommend pregnant women not drink more than 200 mg of caffeine a day, which translates to about two cups of coffee. Researchers in England found that pregnant women who drank more than that were likely to have underweight babies. The caffeine in coffee also has been associated with spontaneous miscarriages.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What should you sip along with your coffee so that you don't get tired later in the day?

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The correct answer is: To avoid feeling tired later in the day, it's a good idea to down 8 ounces of water with your morning cup of joe. When consumed in excess, coffee causes a surge in your metabolism, followed by a “crash.” Caffeine also has a dehydrating effect. If you don’t consume any other beverages, drinking coffee can leave you dehydrated, which drains your energy.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Coffee is good for your brain.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Research has shown that coffee can help keep the blood-brain barrier intact. This barrier protects the brain from unwanted materials and damaging elements, like harmful cholesterol. Drinking coffee has also been shown to improve short-term memory.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

What should you avoid putting into your coffee?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Syrups add lots of sugar and calories to your coffee, non-dairy creamers actually undo some of coffee's benefits by binding up its inflammation-fighters (called polyphenols) and studies show those who consume coffee with artificial sweeteners tend to have higher BMIs or waist sizes. So it appears that black is best for reaping coffee's health benefits. But if you must doctor your java, try to stick to a splash of skim milk or half-and-half.

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