Benefits of a Cappuccino on Bones

The aroma of freshly ground coffee beans and the  sound of  milk being frothed at the cappuccino maker, beckons many of the  sleep deprived population to stumble from their homes into coffee shops everywhere.  Caffiene is the one energy product that so many will not split hairs over, but instead will readily agree to, that “IT” gets us through our morning.   So, great news for Starbucks cliental and frequentor’s of local cafe`s, “You can have your cappuccino and drink it too!” 

 Various studies have been conducted on  how caffiene effects an individual’s calcium absorption. Some studies showed that caffiene interfered with calcium absorption while others showed that the information was misleading.  A third study was performed and showed that certain cultures may consume less dairy products, therefore,  caffiene then seemed to negatively influence calcium absorption.  However, by adding 1-2 tablespoons  of milk to the beverage, ones dietary intake seemingly  improved.

In conclusion and according to the latest study done at Creighton Universty in Omaha, Nebraska, “There is no evidence that caffeine has any harmful effect on bone status or on the calcium economy in individuals who ingest the currently recommended daily allowances of calcium.”

Kim Crocker

Dietitian for Children and Adult Nutrition

(calcium supplements 1000-1500mg)