The management team at the Lakeshore Athletic Club recently joined us down at the Louisville Bittersweet Cafe, in part to imbibe in our new desserts, baked in our our kitchen at the Lakeshore. So if you wondering why you are dreaming of chocolate halfway through your workout, we have to apologize for that dreamy smell, but not for the quality of the products we're putting out, which include many gluten-free items.
Hope you are hungry!
Good news for our regular patrons: Coffee consumption has been strongly associated with a reduced risk of to develop Type 2 diabetes, according to a robust and published study by the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The research showed that men who drank more than six or more cups of caffeinated coffee per day reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by more than 50 percent compared to men in the study who didn’t drink coffee at all. For women, that risk was reduced by nearly 30 percent.
"Caffeinated coffee and decaffeinated coffee consumption were both associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes,” the research noted. Though the reduction in diabetes risk for decaf was slightly lower, the authors indicated it was statistically about the same.
"We found that a 1-cup/day increment of regular coffee was associated with a 9% reduction in diabetes, and 1 cup/day of decaf was associated with 6% reduction in diabetes, but the difference in risk reduction between the 2 types of coffee was not statistically different," said senior author Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology with the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.
More than 125,000 study participants who were free of diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease at the start of the study were selected from the on-going Health Professionals Follow-up Study and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital-based Nurses Health Study. Some 41,934 men were tracked from 1986 to 1998 and 84,276 women from1980 to 1998 via food frequency questionnaires every two to four years to assess their intake of both regular and decaffeinated coffee.
During the span of the study, 1,333 new cases of type 2 diabetes were diagnosed in men and 4,085 among the women participants.
Did you start your morning by preparing a strong cup of coffee? Chances are you were also brewing an effective long-term memory tonic, according to researchers with Johns Hopkins University.
Psychologists and neuroscientists with the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins found that the amount of caffeine consumed daily by the average American adult — 200 milligrams, or roughly the equivalent of a strong cup or two small cups of coffee — helped to bolster the brain's "pattern separation" performance.
Pattern separation refers to the ability to discern between two similar but not identical events or experiences, and is considered to be an effective yardstick for measuring recall accuracy.
This computational power in our brains prevents our memories from getting muddled and can also be crucial to learning, as it helps us recognize whether a piece of information is foreign or must be assigned some new meaning.
The results are published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
Michael Yassa, one of the paper's co-authors and an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences, said scientists have long known that caffeine has "cognitive-enhancing effects," but an analysis of how the stimulant also helps humans prevent memory loss hasn't been deeply studied.
"I'm one of those people that feels they can't function without coffee," Yassa says in a video released about the study.
Researchers recruited more than 150 people for the double-blind trial. Participants were people who did not regularly consume caffeinated products.
Before the caffeine was administered, subjects were shown pictures of everyday objects such as a rubber duck or an office chair. The participants were then divided into two groups — one that received a placebo and another that was administered a 200-milligram caffeine tablet.
The placebo and caffeine tablets were only given five minutes after the study phase. The participants returned 24 hours later to be tested again and were asked to recognize images that were either the same as pictures viewed the day before, completely new or similar but slightly altered.
For example, a slightly altered image of a rubber duck could have new characteristics such as a small orange mark on its chest, or it could be a mirror image of the original.
"We found that those who were administered caffeine actually had better retention of the information we taught them the day before," Yassa said. "The caffeine enhanced their ability to say, 'This item was similar but not identical to the one I'd seen before.'"
This pattern separation ability reflects a deeper level of memory retention, the researchers said, because a standard recognition test omitting the "tricky similar items" would likely show the caffeinated and non-caffeinated groups performing equally.
Yassa said that another condition that set this experiment apart was that caffeine was only administered after the study period.
"By administering caffeine after the experiment, we rule out all of these effects and make sure that if there is an enhancement, it’s due to memory and nothing else,” he said.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 90 per cent of people worldwide consume caffeine in one form or another. The 2013 Canadian Coffee Drinking Study said that 78 per cent of Canadians aged 18-79 drank coffee within the past week (the survey results were released on Oct. 24, 2013).
Yassa said the researchers' next step will be to figure out the brain mechanisms driving this enhanced memory retention. Brain-imaging may be able to answer some of these questions, he said.
The sweetest place to meet in Louisville is coming to the swankiest place to sweat in Broomfield, as Bittersweet - Cafe & Confections has taken over the cafe and cabana at Lakeshore Athletic Club – Flatiron at 300 Summit Drive in Broomfield.
“We plan to open with our full compliment of freshly roasted coffee, hand-crafted espresso drinks, as well as our extensive food menu to our second location,” said Bittersweet co-owner Patrick Walsh. “But more than that, we want to bring the same friendly and cozy atmosphere that makes the Bittersweet the place to meet in Louisville, to the Broomfield/Superior area.”
Beginning Dec. 7, The Bittersweet - Cafe at Lakeshore will be open to the public, seven days a week, and will enable the company to expand its kitchen menu, which incorporates local and natural or organic ingredients products whenever available. The cafe often provides dietary options to menu items, such as vegan, dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free selections.
“The Lakeshore Athletic Club has always stood for excellence in our athletic facilities, equipment and personnel,” said LAC Director Julie Polavek. “We believe the addition of the Bittersweet as our on-site cafe extends that excellence, and gives our clientele better food and beverage choices than were previously available.”
The Bittersweet also boasts an extensive collection of pastries, muffins, cakes and cookies, including many gluten-free selections. The cafe also has beer, wine and mixed drinks available, as well as non-alcoholic drinks such as smoothies, Italian sodas and chai.
Founded as a small confection shop with coffee drinks in 2010, the Bittersweet has already seen significant expansion. The Bittersweet is now the largest coffee shop in southeast Boulder County, including its own roastery and branded bulk coffee, extended breakfast and lunch menus and frequent live music events.
“We treat coffee and food with the respect they deserve,” said Bittersweet co-owner Azadeh Angha. “But I believe the success that we have seen early in the history of this company comes from employing the right people and creating a friendly place to sit down with your friends. That’s what we are really striving to bring to Lakeshore.”