“I am a coffee drinker and I think I really cannot live without it” says Judy Stewarts, a self-confessed coffee addict. “My coffeemaker should have an auto-start button so I could just press it anytime, whenever I want”, she said.
Stewarts, 53, a senior bank analyst from Colorado said adding cream or milk in her coffee will just spoil the taste. “I want it black, no more, no less”, she opines.
According to a research conducted by National Coffee Association, 54 percent of adults, (barely more than half of the adults) in America confirmed that they consume coffee regularly. It goes to say that Americans consume at least 146 billion cups annually. This is amazingly three times more than tea drinkers would consume.
However, coffee had a bad reputation, which, just like smoking, is linked to over-caffeination that causes sleeplessness. This is so because the caffeine in the coffee can stay up to 12 hours in our body which subsequently affects the quality of sleep. Also, caffeine will cause you to urinate frequently since it is diuretic. This will cause dehydration.
There have been debates about some nutritional facts about tea versus coffee saying that tea is way better than the “devil’s brew”. But recent studies said that coffee drinkers can actually have lower risks of getting liver and colon cancer, type II diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. In fact in 2009, studies revealed that men who regularly consume coffee may have lower risk of advanced prostate cancer, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Also in 2008, women who consume six cups a day could live longer as they can less likely to acquire degenerative diseases. This is all because coffee contains antioxidants, specifically poluphenols and flavoniods that regenerate the cells. These are mostly found in other foods and drinks like tea, red wine and chocolate. However, experts say that coffee is the number 1 source of antioxidants.
“The reason why more and more people are drinking coffee today is chiefly because of its antioxidant properties”, says Dr James Vincent, a chemistry professor in University of Scranton. Accordingly, these properties help in the brain functions. Moreover, caffeine is accordingly the most commonly used drug in the U.S which could be attributed to coffee drinking. Vincent said that caffeine affects alertness while there have been no studies that show its health of coffee benefits to people.
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