Research Roundup: March 2010

  • Coffee and tea consumption linked with reduced risk of diabetes. A review investigating the link between coffee and tea consumption and diabetes risk included 18 studies with information on 457,922 participants. Researchers discovered that every additional cup of coffee consumed in a day was associated with a seven percent reduction in the risk of diabetes. Similar associations were found with decaf coffee and tea.

    Archives of Internal Medicine, Dec 14/28, 2009

  • Lower risk of breast cancer recurrence with soy food intake. Data from the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study, a large, population-based study of 5,042 female breast cancer survivors in China aged 20 to 75 years, revealed that soy food (tofu, soy milk, soybeans and soy foods) consumption was significantly associated with decreased risk of death and breast cancer recurrence.

    The Journal of the American Medical Association, December 9, 2009.

  • Calorie information from restaurants and food packages may not be reliable. Tuft University researchers analyzed the calorie content of 18 side dishes and entrees from national sit-down chain restaurants, 11 side dishes and entrees from national fast food restaurants, and 10 frozen meals from supermarkets. On average, the calorie information provided by the restaurants was 18 percent less than the researcher’s analysis, and the calorie information reported on packages by food companies averaged eight percent less than the researchers? analysis.

    Journal of the American Dietetic Association, January 2010

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