Coffee: Friend or Foe?

There’s much to be said about a cup of coffee.

Many compare it to a warm hug in the morning that simultaneously wakes you. Others simply crave the bold taste and couldn’t live without it. Before energy drinks, coffee was the star that woke everyone up in the morning.

Over the last 30 years, and even far before then, coffee has been of much debate. Is it good for you? Bad for you? Some say your heart may just explode if you drink too much! Gah! …Okay, so that may be a bit dramatic, but it shows the vast range of opinions on this hot bean water that we all drink so religiously.

So which is it? Let’s weigh it out, guys. Overall, many studies have been done on coffee and its effects on the body and brain. There is a ton of research done that can point out the good, the bad, and the delicious!

The Good

Besides being the sweet, cuddly angel that wakes you up every morning, coffee has other benefits as well!

It protects your brain: Packed with antioxidants, coffee can help protect the brain cells in our noggins from damage that causes Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.

A cup of joe has also been shown to sharpen your memory and keep you alert! Brain-boosters, unite!

Caffeine, in general, can speed up your metabolism, which leads to fat-burning and the ability to lower the risk of obesity. That is, if you’re not filling your cup with sugar and fat. Try black coffee, instead! Adding soy milk or non-fat milk can cut the acidity!

Drinking coffee can help your skin in the sun! A study in the Journal Cancer Research found that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of developing basal cell carcinoma! Woah!

The Bad

Too much can REALLY be a bad thing. Caffeine, while wonderful in moderation, can have some intense side effects if the doses are too great. Besides the obvious of getting jittery, it can bring on anxiety, speed up your heart rate, and even increase blood pressure!

It’s addictive: Some people forget that caffeine is an addictive substance. Caffeine dependence was even named as a new mental disorder in 2012! Yikes!

Tummy Problems: Coffee has mild laxative properties, so it can cause unhappy tummies and the need to “go.”

Coffee is definitely not your friend if you’re prone to heartburn, as it is a very acidic substance. The only way to get around this is to avoid it, altogether. Sorry, guys.

The Delicious

Coffee, more specifically espresso, has been known to deepen the taste of chocolate in cooking and baking! Many famous chefs use espresso in their chocolate cakes and creams to bring a richer, deeper flavor into light. Many people enjoy chocolate covered espresso beans in the same fashion. Tiramisu, also a famous Italian dessert that has coffee in the cake and sometimes the cream, is known as a delicate, yet delicious treat.

 

The good, the bad, the delicious. Coffee can be a wonderful thing or your worst nightmare, it just depends on your body chemistry. Its up to you if you want to incorporate this uber popular drink in your life. Just keep in mind that while it sometimes gets a bad “wrap,” there are also many benefits to it, as well!

 

Keep the conversation going: What are your thoughts on coffee? Friend or Foe? Tweet us! @BioTerraHerbs #goherbal

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References
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20478472_2,00.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-kirkpatrick-ms-rd-ld/coffee-health-benefits_b_2962490.html
http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-10-2013/coffee-for-health.html