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Is Coffee Bad For You?

Published 6/10/13

Coffee has risen to the top of the list as one of the most preferred beverages because of its energizing effect. Billions of cups of coffee are drank every year around the world with the average American consuming more than 400 cups of Joe each and every year. Typical coffee is 100% natural and grown in exotic locations around the globe with each country boasting its own unique flavor. Although coffee is typically referred to as a healthy beverage with no major red flags, one should be weary of its addicting properties.

Coffee Nutrition

The positive nutritional value of coffee is often forgotten while people focus on coffee’s energizing effect. Heavy coffee drinkers should know that the coffee they are drinking is not only packing a large dose of caffeine but also heavy doses of vital nutrients and antioxidants. One cup of coffee, served black without any mixings, includes as much as 7% of your B5 daily requirement, 11% of your B2 requirement, 2% of your B1 vitamin requirement, and 3% of your daily potassium and manganese requirements.

Coffee’s Energizing Nature

Pre-1700’s, Americans typically began their day by consuming beer with breakfast and continuing their alcohol consumption throughout the day. As you might figure, this produced sluggish and unproductive mornings for Americans as their buzz lasted the entire day before waking up the following morning with a hangover as the cycle repeated itself. Sometime in the late 1600’s coffee houses started becoming popular in America. Coffee quickly replaced beer as the preferred morning beverage and resulted with much more productive mornings and days. It should be of no surprise that the industrial revolution occurred shortly after the emergence of coffee. Along the same lines, it is most likely of no coincidence that the internet boom and technology revolution (located mainly in Silicon Valley) began at the same time that Starbucks was becoming the new rage.

Coffee’s Addictive Nature

When people first experience the energizing effect of coffee it is hard to not truly enjoy the increased energy levels. This boost in energy typically results with increased mental and physical energy as well as putting people in better moods and enhancing their ability to concentrate. Who wouldn’t want that? Coffee is essentially 100% healthy but it can be easy to begin to feel addicted to the beverage. While the word “addicted” comes with a nasty connotation, many heavy coffee drinkers will describe their relationship with coffee as an addiction. People aren’t exactly addicted to coffee but rather the “coffee buzz” or “coffee high” they get after consuming it. The more you consume coffee the more your body adjusts to its caffeine levels and the effects begin to diminish. One must begin to consume more coffee than they used to in order to achieve the same benefits. This is very similar to drugs where addicts must constantly increase their level of consumption to reach the same “high.” Now we aren’t trying to claim that coffee is just as bad as drugs because there is no way that is even remotely true. We just want to highlight the potentially addictive qualities of coffee.  

Conclusion

As a whole, coffee is perfectly healthy. Not only does it boost physical and mental energy levels but it also boasts high levels of very powerful vitamins and minerals. The only potential downfall of coffee is that it can become addictive when heavily consumed. It is highly recommended that coffee is only consumed when in need of an energy boost to prevent the possibility of becoming addicted. 

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