Coffee, a Savior or a Curse

Full Disclaimer: I love coffee – full rich coffee. I like it black. I like it in lattes and mochas. I like it with cream. I like it with French Vanilla. I like it warm. I like it in the morning. I even like it crisp. I rarely drink coffee after 3pm and almost never drink iced coffees.

Coffee drinking goes back centuries. It was once associated with academic debate but now more than 400 Billion cups are consumed each year making it one of the most widely consumed  beverages.

It can pack a punch in the morning and depending on how you read studies it may reduce liver disease (including liver cancer), Parkinson’s, type 2 diabetes and reduce heart disease.  Drinking 5 cups a day may benefit your arteries.  It can reduce colon cancer. It may even be helpful as a natural remedy to erectile dysfunction. Sounds like it could be a savior.

Coffee can cause insomnia and restlessness. The morning boost can be dangerous and apparently we all have different caffeine sensitivity. Pregnant women should avoid coffee because babies have very high sensitivity. Some studies show that cafestol and kahweol, two ingredients that appear to raise LDL cholesterol levels. I found a study that said that coffee is bad for young kids because it can cause bed wetting. Seems weird that someone would have done that study.

As with most things some moderation is in order. I have 2-5 cups a day but 80-100 cups (23 litres) in a short session could be lethal.

I don’t consider myself an aficionado but know a couple (Thanks Phil and Sebastian and Nan and Michael) but appreciate the elixir and its properties as part of my day to day. How about you and your caffeine habits?

Make Today Rockin,

B

One thought on “Coffee, a Savior or a Curse

  1. I love my 2 cups of morning coffee but I rarely drink anymore after that. On occasion, I will have a mocha or cappuccino in the afternoon as a treat or an extra boost. But I find now that for the most part, if I feel I NEED a coffee in the afternoon to pick me up then I would be better off having a quick rest 🙂
    Maryanne

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