Honestly I don’t know what I would do without coffee. I know it’s pretty disgusting..and honestly expensive..but it gives me the ‘pick-me up’–well at least mentally it does. And honestly who doesn’t love to take a coffee break???
BUT..i’ve always been toying with the idea of giving up caffeine…I have this notion that it’s bad for you. That might be because I could honestly drink at least four shots of espresso…if not six a day. I was known at a local cafe for ordering ‘Rocket Fuel’ which consisted of a five shot iced coffee. No sugar, no milk. I would shake after I drank it…humm.
Anyways, much to my AMAZED surprise I came across this article ‘Sorting Out Coffee’s Contradictions‘
Here’s what I learned:
studies reviewed last year found that people who consumed drinks with up to 550 milligrams of caffeine produced no more urine than when drinking fluids free of caffeine. Above 575 milligrams, the drug was a diuretic.
In fact, among 27,000 women followed for 15 years in the Iowa Women’s Health Study, those who drank one to three cups a day reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by 24 percent, although this benefit diminished as the quantity of coffee rose. 🙂
Dr. Robert Heaney of Creighton University says that caffeine’s negative effect on calcium can be offset by as little as one or two tablespoons of milk.
Although caffeine speeds up metabolism, with 100 milligrams burning an extra 75 to 100 calories a day, 🙂 no long-term benefit to weight control has been demonstrated. In fact, in a study of more than 58,000 health professionals followed for 12 years, both men and women who increased their caffeine consumption gained more weight than those who didn’t.
I think that perhaps when we get coffee…we:
- load it down with garbage (sugar, syrups, whole milk, etc.)
- order something to eat with it
- use it as a ‘meal’ and then end up starving
So, I guess the most important thing is that yes it does have a lot of benefits..as with everything in moderation. Just make sure you’re coffee isn’t to fancy..just a plain cup o’ joe.