Is coffee good or bad for you?

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Hey guys,

I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

So which is correct? What are the pros and cons of drinking coffee? I'm a coffee lover, so I hope it's a healthy drink.

Thanks,
Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    Coffee reduces the risks of liver cancer, Parkinson's and heart disease, but at the same time it will erode your calcium if you drink in excess. Fortunately for you but sadly for me, it's the women at higher risk for calcium loss in that event.

    2-3 cups of coffee a day + calcium tablet if you're worried
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    • Profile picture of the author borischileno
      the key is moderation, am also a canadian and a tim hortons addict
      I also own 5 coffee vending machines and run a coffee newsletter .
      But I have not drunk 3 cups of coffee since I was in school working on papers all night.

      ... a coffee a day helps me copy!

      cheers,
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      • Profile picture of the author epik-marketing
        I don't drink coffee but I heard Organic is better for you
        and never overload on it...
        I actually heard the best in the world to drink is from Kona
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        • Profile picture of the author bigredrassler
          Something I know about...Like anything else, coffee has positive and negative characteristics, and like anything else, individuals have wildly varying reactions to caffiene. My wife can't drink more than 6 cups a day or she will have a severe reaction, raise in BP, and lower stress tolerance, I drink upwards of 2 pots a day and only have slightly elevated bp in the middle of the afternoon. We both drink our coffee dilute, her with creamer and artificial sweetener, me with sugar and milk. To cut down on caffiene and increase or perserve the taste, try switching to a darker roast, and as was said above, remember all things in moderation, my wife and I both drink too much java, but 2 or 3 cups in a day, especially a half-caf, decaf, or dark roast(Folgers makes a blend called "Black Silk" which probably has less caffiene in two cups than one can of Mountain Dew) certainly won't kill you.
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          • Profile picture of the author genieofwealth
            Originally Posted by bigredrassler View Post

            Something I know about...Like anything else, coffee has positive and negative characteristics, and like anything else, individuals have wildly varying reactions to caffiene. My wife can't drink more than 6 cups a day or she will have a severe reaction, raise in BP, and lower stress tolerance, I drink upwards of 2 pots a day and only have slightly elevated bp in the middle of the afternoon. We both drink our coffee dilute, her with creamer and artificial sweetener, me with sugar and milk. To cut down on caffiene and increase or perserve the taste, try switching to a darker roast, and as was said above, remember all things in moderation, my wife and I both drink too much java, but 2 or 3 cups in a day, especially a half-caf, decaf, or dark roast(Folgers makes a blend called "Black Silk" which probably has less caffiene in two cups than one can of Mountain Dew) certainly won't kill you.
            hi,

            make sure that your artificial sweetener isn't Aspartame.

            seriously you need to kick this as it is used in all or most diet products.

            the fda banned its use until in 84 there was a change when a certain person linked to presidents (i won't name him here) became head of the fda.

            immediately it was put into the public use and declared - good to use.

            i won't go into a really big rant but please google it and check it out.

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            • Profile picture of the author Kate B
              [QUOTE=genieofwealth;822237]hi,

              make sure that your artificial sweetener isn't Aspartame.

              seriously you need to kick this as it is used in all or most diet products.


              I agree!! Aspartame is nasty, horrible stuff. I've got a medical condition where my body doesn't break down phenylalanine and Aspartame is like poison to me (proverbially speaking). Its one thing I'm actually scared of, and not without good reason - it makes me feel really, really ill within less than half an hour. However, having done some reasearch into Aspartame it turns out that it's like poison to everyone else too! My family and husband have stopped having anything with Aspartame in it and they feel a lot better for it. When you google it, or even Aspartame Poisoning, some of the stuff that comes up is terrifying. Makes me thankful I can't have it, even if it does mean I have to read the label of pretty much everything I buy when I do the groceries!

              On the coffee note, I think anything (within reason obviously) is fine in moderation. Personally I drink 1 - 2 cups of coffee a day and never any more. Sometimes I won't drink any for months on end. I also go through phases where I drink a lot of herbal teas. I've noticed I am drinking coffee more regularly at the moment as I'm trying to lose weight and am thus trying very hard to kick my coca cola habit!
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          • Profile picture of the author John Durham
            Originally Posted by bigredrassler View Post

            Something I know about...Like anything else, coffee has positive and negative characteristics, and like anything else, individuals have wildly varying reactions to caffiene. My wife can't drink more than 6 cups a day or she will have a severe reaction, raise in BP, and lower stress tolerance, I drink upwards of 2 pots a day and only have slightly elevated bp in the middle of the afternoon. We both drink our coffee dilute, her with creamer and artificial sweetener, me with sugar and milk. To cut down on caffiene and increase or perserve the taste, try switching to a darker roast, and as was said above, remember all things in moderation, my wife and I both drink too much java, but 2 or 3 cups in a day, especially a half-caf, decaf, or dark roast(Folgers makes a blend called "Black Silk" which probably has less caffiene in two cups than one can of Mountain Dew) certainly won't kill you.

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            • Profile picture of the author John Durham
              I have seen coffee produce miracles. I once took a telemarketing room from 11k to 20k per day and I think alot of it was do to making the coffee twice as strong. People were just wired for sound!

              Depok Chopra speaks of a tribe of "centenarians' in Africa who can live to be 150 years old and the most common denominator among them is heavy dark coffee usage...
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      • Profile picture of the author obama6493
        Originally Posted by borischileno View Post

        the key is moderation, am also a canadian and a tim hortons addict
        I also own 5 coffee vending machines and run a coffee newsletter .
        But I have not drunk 3 cups of coffee since I was in school working on papers all night.

        ... a coffee a day helps me copy!

        cheers,
        boris
        I don't drink coffee but I heard Organic is better for you
        and never overload on it...
        I actually heard the best in the world to drink is from Kona
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    • Profile picture of the author shirland
      Originally Posted by moneysoapbox View Post

      Coffee reduces the risks of liver cancer, Parkinson's and heart disease, but at the same time it will erode your calcium if you drink in excess. Fortunately for you but sadly for me, it's the women at higher risk for calcium loss in that event.

      2-3 cups of coffee a day + calcium tablet if you're worried
      I never knew that coffee helps in reducing the disease mentioned. I drink 1-2 cups per day, so I won't stress about it. I normally drink coffee while i am making my follow up calls in the afternoon.
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    • Profile picture of the author mookes
      Originally Posted by Emily Meeks View Post

      Coffee reduces the risks of liver cancer, Parkinson's and heart disease, but at the same time it will erode your calcium if you drink in excess. Fortunately for you but sadly for me, it's the women at higher risk for calcium loss in that event.

      2-3 cups of coffee a day + calcium tablet if you're worried
      thats is true, if we consume coffee in normal ways and not too much, it will be healthy, just 1 cups in the morning I thinks its enough if you doesn`t want to get addict
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  • Profile picture of the author pplsearch
    I've heard good and bad things about coffee. Seems to me that the people who drink at least one cup a day know all of the "good" statistics, about antioxidants, how it really doesn't dehydrate you as much as they say, etc.

    But for me personally, coffee is bad for me. It makes me jittery, it messes up my sleep cycle, and I crash hours later. And this is not something I'm going to try to build up immunity to to prove that it doesn't have those strong effects.
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    • Profile picture of the author iFaith
      Originally Posted by pplsearch View Post

      I've heard good and bad things about coffee. Seems to me that the people who drink at least one cup a day know all of the "good" statistics, about antioxidants, how it really doesn't dehydrate you as much as they say, etc.

      But for me personally, coffee is bad for me. It makes me jittery, it messes up my sleep cycle, and I crash hours later. And this is not something I'm going to try to build up immunity to to prove that it doesn't have those strong effects.
      I agree! I drink green and black tea for the antioxidants! And every once in a while, coffee - as it does make me hyper in a sense and truly messes with my sleep if I drink too much of it.

      I love the smell of freshly brewed coffee though! Drink it in moderation and drink organic!
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  • Profile picture of the author genieofwealth
    coffee contains caffiene which is nicotines cousin.

    it attacks the nerves and brain.

    also there is too much salt in caffiene believe it or not so anyone with high blood pressure cut the coffee out!

    on a different note tea is considered healthier however, it has an amazing amount of Fluoride in it which on top of using mouth wash, tooth paste and water which all contain fluoride it is better to cut down on tea as well.

    doesn't leave you much to drink - sorry!

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    • Profile picture of the author stevenh512
      Originally Posted by genieofwealth View Post

      coffee contains caffiene which is nicotines cousin.
      Really? Back in my school days chemistry was one of my favorite subjects. While caffeine and nicotine have chemical formulas that may look similar (caffeine = C8H10N4O2, nicotine = C10H14N2), their chemical structures bear almost no resemblance to each other. They also don't bind to the same receptors in the nervous system, although they do both increase the level of dopamine (as do most addictive drugs).

      Nicotine binds to the brain's acetylcholine receptors, while caffeine binds to the adenosine receptors.

      I'd hardly call them cousins any more than I'd call cocaine and methamphetamine cousins knowing that they're entirely different chemicals that work in different ways aside from the dopamine effect. (note that this isn't an endorsement for cocaine, methamphetamine or any other illegal drug.. I simply used those as examples because "on the surface" their effects seem similar even though in reality they're completely different).

      it attacks the nerves and brain.
      It causes chemical changes in the brain, but so does almost any other drug (and many other things we put into our bodies every day that we don't consider to be a drug, including most foods and even the air we breathe). I've never seen any evidence that it "attacks" the nerves and brain, though.

      also there is too much salt in caffiene believe it or not so anyone with high blood pressure cut the coffee out!
      Caffeine = C8H10N4O2 = 8 carbon, 10 hydrogen, 4 nitrogen, 2 oxygen
      Salt = NaCl = 1 sodium, 1 chlorine

      Caffeine contains no sodium or chlorine, so (alchemy aside) it couldn't possibly contain salt.. but it does raise the blood pressure by binding the brain's adenosine receptors, constricting blood vessels and causing the heart to pump harder and faster.

      Now with that out of the way (sorry, I'm a "nerd" at heart and don't like to see misinformation about scientific facts go uncorrected.. lol), to go back to the OP's question. Too much caffeine is bad for you, that's a given, people have known that for as long as we've known how it works in the body (and probably longer than that). That being said, there is some evidence that if you're healthy (no heart/blood pressure problems), coffee or tea can be good for you in moderation. It's also true that everybody reacts to caffeine differently. I know people who can drink a cup of coffee and be "spun" all day. I can drink 3 cups of coffee before bed and have no trouble falling asleep.
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      • Profile picture of the author genieofwealth
        Originally Posted by stevenh512 View Post

        Really? Back in my school days chemistry was one of my favorite subjects. While caffeine and nicotine have chemical formulas that may look similar (caffeine = C8H10N4O2, nicotine = C10H14N2), their chemical structures bear almost no resemblance to each other. They also don't bind to the same receptors in the nervous system, although they do both increase the level of dopamine (as do most addictive drugs).

        Nicotine binds to the brain's acetylcholine receptors, while caffeine binds to the adenosine receptors.

        I'd hardly call them cousins any more than I'd call cocaine and methamphetamine cousins knowing that they're entirely different chemicals that work in different ways aside from the dopamine effect. (note that this isn't an endorsement for cocaine, methamphetamine or any other illegal drug.. I simply used those as examples because "on the surface" their effects seem similar even though in reality they're completely different).

        It causes chemical changes in the brain, but so does almost any other drug (and many other things we put into our bodies every day that we don't consider to be a drug, including most foods and even the air we breathe). I've never seen any evidence that it "attacks" the nerves and brain, though.

        Caffeine = C8H10N4O2 = 8 carbon, 10 hydrogen, 4 nitrogen, 2 oxygen
        Salt = NaCl = 1 sodium, 1 chlorine

        Caffeine contains no sodium or chlorine, so (alchemy aside) it couldn't possibly contain salt.. but it does raise the blood pressure by binding the brain's adenosine receptors, constricting blood vessels and causing the heart to pump harder and faster.

        Now with that out of the way (sorry, I'm a "nerd" at heart and don't like to see misinformation about scientific facts go uncorrected.. lol), to go back to the OP's question. Too much caffeine is bad for you, that's a given, people have known that for as long as we've known how it works in the body (and probably longer than that). That being said, there is some evidence that if you're healthy (no heart/blood pressure problems), coffee or tea can be good for you in moderation. It's also true that everybody reacts to caffeine differently. I know people who can drink a cup of coffee and be "spun" all day. I can drink 3 cups of coffee before bed and have no trouble falling asleep.
        coffee (caffiene) has been known for years to be a cousin of nicotine.

        also - check your label on your next jar of coffee and check out the salt and sodium content.

        adding salt to stave away bitterness has been an old trick way back from sailors and fishermen alike.

        just check it out.....
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        Originally Posted by stevenh512 View Post

        Really? Back in my school days chemistry was one of my favorite subjects. While caffeine and nicotine have chemical formulas that may look similar (caffeine = C8H10N4O2, nicotine = C10H14N2), their chemical structures bear almost no resemblance to each other. They also don't bind to the same receptors in the nervous system, although they do both increase the level of dopamine (as do most addictive drugs).

        Nicotine binds to the brain's acetylcholine receptors, while caffeine binds to the adenosine receptors.

        I'd hardly call them cousins any more than I'd call cocaine and methamphetamine cousins knowing that they're entirely different chemicals that work in different ways aside from the dopamine effect. (note that this isn't an endorsement for cocaine, methamphetamine or any other illegal drug.. I simply used those as examples because "on the surface" their effects seem similar even though in reality they're completely different).

        It causes chemical changes in the brain, but so does almost any other drug (and many other things we put into our bodies every day that we don't consider to be a drug, including most foods and even the air we breathe). I've never seen any evidence that it "attacks" the nerves and brain, though.

        Caffeine = C8H10N4O2 = 8 carbon, 10 hydrogen, 4 nitrogen, 2 oxygen
        Salt = NaCl = 1 sodium, 1 chlorine

        Caffeine contains no sodium or chlorine, so (alchemy aside) it couldn't possibly contain salt.. but it does raise the blood pressure by binding the brain's adenosine receptors, constricting blood vessels and causing the heart to pump harder and faster.

        Now with that out of the way (sorry, I'm a "nerd" at heart and don't like to see misinformation about scientific facts go uncorrected.. lol), to go back to the OP's question. Too much caffeine is bad for you, that's a given, people have known that for as long as we've known how it works in the body (and probably longer than that). That being said, there is some evidence that if you're healthy (no heart/blood pressure problems), coffee or tea can be good for you in moderation. It's also true that everybody reacts to caffeine differently. I know people who can drink a cup of coffee and be "spun" all day. I can drink 3 cups of coffee before bed and have no trouble falling asleep.
        This....

        People react differently to most things, coffee is a stimulant though, like any drug there are usually natural ways to get the same benefit you are after.

        Xylitol is the best sweetener from my research and is what I use now.

        Milk is another story though, read up on the health risks of milk meant for calfs with 50+ hormones, there are strong growth hormones in milk too which are meant for the calfs not humans.
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  • Profile picture of the author unlimited1
    Ive heard one or two a day is fine - inbetween I now drink peppermint tea with honey, so dont miss all the coffee I used to drink - I think alot of it is the habit of making and drinking a hot drink!
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    honestbizpro, you have a point.. in fact if I were a gambling man I'd almost be willing to bet high fructose corn syrup is a lot worse for you than caffeine in the long run.. lol
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      Originally Posted by stevenh512 View Post

      Really? Back in my school days chemistry was one of my favorite subjects. While caffeine and nicotine have chemical formulas that may look similar (caffeine = C8H10N4O2, nicotine = C10H14N2), their chemical structures bear almost no resemblance to each other. They also don't bind to the same receptors in the nervous system, although they do both increase the level of dopamine (as do most addictive drugs).

      Nicotine binds to the brain's acetylcholine receptors, while caffeine binds to the adenosine receptors.

      I'd hardly call them cousins any more than I'd call cocaine and methamphetamine cousins knowing that they're entirely different chemicals that work in different ways aside from the dopamine effect. (note that this isn't an endorsement for cocaine, methamphetamine or any other illegal drug.. I simply used those as examples because "on the surface" their effects seem similar even though in reality they're completely different).

      It causes chemical changes in the brain, but so does almost any other drug (and many other things we put into our bodies every day that we don't consider to be a drug, including most foods and even the air we breathe). I've never seen any evidence that it "attacks" the nerves and brain, though.

      Caffeine = C8H10N4O2 = 8 carbon, 10 hydrogen, 4 nitrogen, 2 oxygen
      Salt = NaCl = 1 sodium, 1 chlorine

      Caffeine contains no sodium or chlorine, so (alchemy aside) it couldn't possibly contain salt.. but it does raise the blood pressure by binding the brain's adenosine receptors, constricting blood vessels and causing the heart to pump harder and faster.

      Now with that out of the way (sorry, I'm a "nerd" at heart and don't like to see misinformation about scientific facts go uncorrected.. lol), to go back to the OP's question. Too much caffeine is bad for you, that's a given, people have known that for as long as we've known how it works in the body (and probably longer than that). That being said, there is some evidence that if you're healthy (no heart/blood pressure problems), coffee or tea can be good for you in moderation. It's also true that everybody reacts to caffeine differently. I know people who can drink a cup of coffee and be "spun" all day. I can drink 3 cups of coffee before bed and have no trouble falling asleep.


      That is the most informative summary of caffeine V nicotine I have ever read!

      I do not believe in good or bad anything.... moderation,perception and compromisation are my key elements!

      If traces of cyanide (usually poisonous) can be found in apple seeds, this must be true! (aso found in mango seeds and some other seeds, but many people eat apple pips!)

      I personally quit smoking 8.5 weeks ago, and my coffee intake has been reduced to under 10%. I think I am now at a moderate level for both (I think cigarettes should be had in moderation, moderate it so your last smoke is your last smoke!)
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  • Profile picture of the author John M Kane
    I read that acidic foods,including coffee, require calcium for our bods to process.

    If you ingest a lot of acidic foods the bod leaches calcium from your skeleton.
    Which can lead to major issues especially for women.

    Moderation is the key.

    I love java but, causes muscle cramps so, I avoid it.

    Try thinking about some Kopi Lowak next time you want a cup >>> Kopi Luwak - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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      • Profile picture of the author Bennette
        Hi Michael,

        I had a cafe business for 8 years. The key is moderation. Anything that you over indulge like food, alcohol and coffee can go from being good to bad if you abuse it. I personally love expresso because it's short, strong and gets straight to the point. If you drink coffee brew it yourself and make a good strong cup so you don't need 3-4 cups daily.
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  • Profile picture of the author danmorton
    Michael -

    I LOVE coffee! I don't think that anything could make me quit drinking it now.

    Seems like the "experts" have turned just about everything enjoyable into a poison at one time or another.

    I don't think there's anything wrong with enjoying a few great cups in the morning - or afternoon - or evening. cheers!

    Dan
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Ang
    Coffee is great but definitely not in excess ... I'm acidic too , but I simply make it a point to take some food b4 my coffee
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  • Profile picture of the author pinoy bands
    I think coffee is good for the body because it is rich in anti-oxidants but then, you must consume it in moderation to avoid other complications.
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  • Profile picture of the author Finch
    It would be pretty hypocritical of me to judge anybody for drinking coffee when I spend most nights pubbing or clubbing with my liver taking a battering.

    I think people overreact to all these health studies. It's basically just percentages and statistics. Who really cares? There's a risk attached to crossing the road if you're going to be super pedantic.
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    • Profile picture of the author creative
      Many people drink coffee to feel more awake.
      But if you are tired, your body doesn't need coffee... It just needs more rest!
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    • Profile picture of the author genieofwealth
      Originally Posted by Finch View Post

      It would be pretty hypocritical of me to judge anybody for drinking coffee when I spend most nights pubbing or clubbing with my liver taking a battering.

      I think people overreact to all these health studies. It's basically just percentages and statistics. Who really cares? There's a risk attached to crossing the road if you're going to be super pedantic.
      hi finch,

      i understand what you saying and moderation in everything is fine.

      the point is some supposedly harmless substances that we take for granted diet products, artificial sweeteners, drinking water has some or part chemicals in that we are not aware of the consequences health wise and spiritually what these chemicals do to dumb us down and stop us evolving and gaining enlightenment.

      yours
      GenieofWealth
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    Coffee is, I believe, NOT very healthful (though there are studies
    which suggest some benefits). However, despite being a dedicated
    healthy-diet person I still drink coffee, and love the experience but
    sometimes regret the effects.

    If it were just me I wouldn't have it around, but my girlfriend buys
    it and we make it sometimes. I prefer Yerba Mate, a S. American
    tea you may want to research and/or try out as an alternative to
    coffee.

    For a while some years ago I drank cold-brewed coffee which does
    not have the acidity issues of hot-brewed coffee. The taste is
    also slightly different. You make a extract, super-concentrated,
    and when you want a cup you mix an ounce or so of concentrate
    with hot or cold water to make your coffee. You can refrigerate
    the concentrate and it keeps well - but it doesn't have the same
    kick-of-fresh-brewed-coffee you get when you grind the beans
    and brew them hot right on the spot.

    All told, caffeine weakens the kidneys and should be taken in
    moderation if at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Oscar D
    I am glad you asked this question as I am drinking a cup right now, ha ha

    But like others have said, moderation is the key.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jezabel
    1 cup of coffee gets me going, 2 cups make me sick and no coffee at all makes me a vegetable
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    • Profile picture of the author JakeRhodes
      As a couple of people have already mentioned, the key really is moderation. Personally coffee does me no good. After more than one cup I start feeling itchy and irritated, caffeine is a drug just like any other.

      One important to thing to consider whenever you read or hear a report (be it scientific or editorial) is "who's funding this?". Not to get too in depth but if a magazine is owned by the parent company of Nescafe for example, then it's probably going to claim coffee is nothing but good.

      Follow the money.
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  • Profile picture of the author megaresp
    Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

    ...some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good...
    Any time there are 'gurus' in both camps, I tend to think neither has any conclusive evidence. If you like coffee, why not enjoy it?
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  • Profile picture of the author MasterCPA
    I really like coffee, so its good for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author PrettyJenny
    I live in Finland, everyone here has their own coffee maker, start drinking coffee since junior high and people still manage to live darn long. So I don't think coffee does much harm.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnPal
    Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

    So which is correct? What are the pros and cons of drinking coffee? I'm a coffee lover, so I hope it's a healthy drink.

    Thanks,
    Michael
    Hi Michael,

    I enjoy 3 cups a day, and haven't had any problems so far!

    Some doctors say it good, some deny it totally. So the best way, is to rely on what your body tells you!

    John

    Here's a coffee joke to cheer you
    out.

    One day a patient goes to the Doctor for a general check up.

    After completing the check up, the wise Doctor says:

    Son, it seems you're a smoker; by the way, do you drink coffee as well!

    Yes of course, the patient answers.

    Doctor: Son, do you know that you're heading to a slow death!

    Patient: Doc, I'm not hurrying at all


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  • Profile picture of the author 1 Marketing
    I have tried to use cofee many times but couldn't develop the taste for it. Instead I love to have green tea whre ever possible.
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    • Profile picture of the author Crystal brian
      I couldn't develop the taste for coffee.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Bartlett
    yeah moderation is the most important word, or as I like to refer to it "Balance"

    Everything in life should have balance. Too much of anything, by definition is too much!

    I used to drink alot of coffee and have cut myself down to only drinking one cup a day or two a day on the days I need to be social (ie with clients) not because I need the extra cup, usually just because I will be offered and might be in a social environment like a coffee shop where I am likely to say yes.
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    • Profile picture of the author luthekar
      How ironic for me to come across this post. Before yesterday, I rarely ever drank coffee at all. But for the last two days now, I've been drinking coffee like a fanatic because of the caffeine rush, lol..

      At first it was because I came across some flavors I've never heard of like "Antigua" or "Peruvian Organic" and so I bought some little packages and drank them just to see how they tasted compared to other popular brands like Folgers or Maxwell House. Now I'm drinking for the caffeine rush and not so much for the flavor, lol. (I've drank 4 pots today by myself, rofl)

      So anyway, interesting topic and nice resources provided by people that replied.


      (PS. I like the Peruvian Organic better than the Antigua. The Antigua is still pretty good, though.)
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  • Profile picture of the author wtrade18
    Hmmm.....I think the best is don't over drink...
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    • Profile picture of the author luthekar
      Originally Posted by wtrade18 View Post

      Hmmm.....I think the best is don't over drink...
      Agreed. Once I run out of what little coffee I bought, I won't be drinking it anymore except on rare occaisions. It will be back to my Mt. Dew regiments throughout the day. That will never change, lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Clint
    Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

    So which is correct? What are the pros and cons of drinking coffee? I'm a coffee lover, so I hope it's a healthy drink.

    Thanks,
    Michael
    Hi Michael
    The pros and cons of drinking coffee, let me think the pros are it keeps me awake long enough to get some things that I should or should not be doing doneFor the day.

    Caffeine is a stimulant and they can help burn fat.

    The cons of drinking coffee is that it darkens your teeth.
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    • Profile picture of the author genieofwealth
      Originally Posted by Clint View Post

      Hi Michael
      The pros and cons of drinking coffee, let me think the pros are it keeps me awake long enough to get some things that I should or should not be doing doneFor the day.

      Caffeine is a stimulant and they can help burn fat.

      The cons of drinking coffee is that it darkens your teeth.


      it only helps as a weight loss agent as it gives you an artificial energy kick.
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      • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
        Originally Posted by genieofwealth View Post

        it only helps as a weight loss agent as it gives you an artificial energy kick.
        Actually it makes you poop and pee-off water because
        it's an emetic: it dehydrates you. Most "fast" weight
        loss, as wrestler's and jockey's know, is water.
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        • Profile picture of the author genieofwealth
          Originally Posted by Loren Woirhaye View Post

          Actually it makes you poop and pee-off water because
          it's an emetic: it dehydrates you. Most "fast" weight
          loss, as wrestler's and jockey's know, is water.
          i was a professional body builder for 10 years and used coffee and tea to use the loo prior to competitions.

          it doesn't always make you "poop" as it dehydrates you so most people i knew had to take other supplements.

          the point i make is that most people don't know what is in coffee and tea.

          with coffee sodium (salt) is added to take away the bitterness - check your labels so if you want to reduce stress or high blood pressure cut down on the coffee.

          also caffeine contained can be addictive and hard to come off - any coffee drinker would normally find it difficult to cut down or stop all together.

          with tea there are high traces of fluoride and without going into details the effects on the brain and how if anyone wants to become creative or spiritual should stay away from these types of products or seriously cut down.

          we already take fluoride in through dental products and our municiple drinking water.

          there are reasons that our governments attack us with basically poisons and try to pass them on as a need for our health - i.e. dental and others.

          but see through them and reduce intake.

          please google caffeine and fluoride to find out more

          so to get on track with the originals OP - yes too much coffee is bad for you IMO
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  • Profile picture of the author Christie Love
    Actually, I don't drink coffee especially after smelling other people's bad breath after drinking coffee. I don't think I ever will. Besides coffee actually makes me more sleepy. I once had the best night's sleep of my life after drinking a 4 shot Latte from Star Bucks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Steel
    Go with green tea...it is WAY better for you than coffee...
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  • Profile picture of the author Harry Behrens
    Being a heavy coffee drinker I have always tried to find the definitive answer towards the "is cofee good or bad for you" question. Ultimately the answer is the same as with milk: Nobody REALLY knows, and the more you read and research, the less sure and more confused you get.

    A lot of people have very heavy beliefs one way or the other. I know I've seen reports of serious studies that conclude both good and bad things for coffee... from the usual acidic/dehydration/calcium-leeching stuff to stuff that says coffee enhances workout intensity, protects against cavities and reduces the risk of heart disease.

    No matter which way you want to lean you'll find way more than enough evidence to support either 'good' or 'bad' claims... So in the end it's all down to your own responsibility of consuming it or not. I can tell you my own productivity is 200% when I have a good cup of coffee in me, I'm more creative, think faster, and can deal with problems more confidently. That is worth it to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Blaisdale
    I don't see it adding any significant gain to your overall health. With that said, anything in moderation can be good to some extent.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian.expert
    I sometimes hear coffee is good and then I hear its bad..but I guess things taken within limits are all fine. But it sometimes depends on your body make up too as I have heard some people are allergic to certain things they take but thats an exception ...what do you say guys?
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  • Profile picture of the author workingmamma
    Moderation is always the best I think in anythings and really I get sick of reading the news because one day something is good for you and the next it is goingto kill you!!

    I love my diet pepsi and I have read some places where the diet in it is bad for you and then some say you could never drink enough to hurt you. I also use alot of splenda and hear the same thing on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author dsanchez
      I agree with a few people here: moderation is the key.

      Personally I only drink it in the mornings--that's it. I need it to wake up faster. I don't drink any after that. Later on the day is only tea, and not every day.

      Dagmar
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    • Profile picture of the author John Durham
      Give me a starbucks and a pack of Marlboros, and I'm good to go.

      BTW I am as healthy as a race horse!
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    • Profile picture of the author phycent
      Good in that it helps me to wake up in the morning and begin to move some good ideas in my head. You might as well go back to sleep if there's no coffee in the morning.

      Bad because as soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
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    • Profile picture of the author Anelly
      Two cups of coffee per day i find to be the perfect combination for a productive day. Like someone said above, it's all about moderation.
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    • Profile picture of the author mixelplik
      I can't actually drink coffee anymore, over the years I have become sensitive to caffeine and coffee is just not in the cards anymore. It is a great metabolizer for sure, I'd just be careful not to drink more than a couple of cups a day. Very strong diuretic and your body needs water more than anything.
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    • Profile picture of the author rocketmail009
      Coffee has recently been found to contain some very important antioxidants that prevent cancer and attack free radicals in your body. I would say that was good. Caffiene is good for your skin. However, like anything else, you can go overboard, so drink up in moderation and enjoy your coffee! Godloveya.

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    • Profile picture of the author achivement84
      Here`s list of pros & cons:-

      The "Pros"

      1-Antioxidants. Coffee is loaded with antioxidants like chlorogenic acid and melanoidins. Antioxidants help prevent oxidation, a process that causes damage to cells and contributes to aging. Melanoidins from roasted coffee have antioxidative effects depending on the way the coffee is treated.

      2-Parkinson's disease. Regular coffee consumption reduces the risk of Parkinson's disease. A number of studies have demonstrated that people who drink coffee on a regular basis are significantly less likely to develop Parkinson's disease.

      3-Diabetes. Coffee consumption is potentially protective against the development of type 2 diabetes. A prospective cohort study as part of the US Nurses Health Study found that moderate consumption of both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes in younger and middle aged women.

      4-Liver cirrhosis. Coffee drinking may protect against liver cirrhosis, especially alcoholic cirrhosis.

      5-Gallstones. There is some evidence that coffee drinking may be protective against gallstone formation in both men and women.

      6-Kidney stones. Coffee consumption lowers the risk of kidney stones formation. Coffee increases the urine volume, preventing the crystallization of calcium oxalate, the most common component of kidney stones.

      7-Improved mental performance. Caffeine in coffee is a well-known stimulant. Coffee promotes alertness, attention and wakefulness. The cup of coffee can also increase information processing.

      8-Alzheimer's disease. Regular coffee consumption seems to protect against Alzheimer's disease. Recent mouse study showed that caffeine equivalent to 5 cups of coffee per day reduced the build up of destructive plaques in the brain.

      9-Asthma. Caffeine in coffee is related to theophylline, an old asthma medication. Caffeine can open airways and improve asthma symptoms.

      10-Caffeine safety. In 1958, caffeine was placed on the Food and Drug Administration's list as generally recognized as safe (GRAS).

      The "Cons"

      1-Heart disease. The relation between coffee consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease has been examined in many studies, but the results remain controversial. Most prospective cohort studies have not found coffee consumption to be associated with significantly increased cardiovascular disease risk.

      On one hand, diterpenes cafestol and kahweol present in unfiltered coffee and caffeine each appear to increase risk of coronary heart disease. High quality studies have confirmed the cholesterol-raising effect of diterpenes. Coffee consumption is also associated with an increase of plasma homocysteine, a risk factor for coronary heart disease.

      On the other hand, a lower risk of heart disease among moderate coffee drinkers might be due to antioxidants found in coffee.Besides that, caffeine can increase the risk of heart attack, especially among those people who carry the "slow" gene variant for the enzyme that metabolizes caffeine.

      2-Cholesterol. Heavy consumption of boiled coffee elevates blood total and LDL cholesterol ("bad cholesterol") levels. Unfiltered coffee contains two cholesterol-raising compounds cafestol and kahweol.

      3-Blood vessels. Coffee negatively affects the blood vessel tone and function (increases arterial stiffness and wave reflections).

      4-Heart rhythm disturbances. Coffee can cause rapid or irregular heartbeats (cardiac arrhythmias).

      5-Blood pressure. Although coffee consumption is not a significant risk factor for hypertension, it produces unfavorable effects on blood pressure and people prone to hypertension may be more susceptible. Recent Italian study found that coffee drinking can slightly increase the risk for development of sustained hypertension in persons with elevated blood pressure.

      6-Osteoporosis. Coffee intake may induce an extra urinary excretion of calcium. Heavy coffee consumption (4 cups=600 ml or more) can modestly increase the risk of osteoporosis, especially in women with a low calcium intake.

      7-Heartburn. A cup of coffee can trigger heartburn

      8-Sleep. Most of us are aware of the stimulatory effects of caffeine. High amounts of caffeine taken before going to sleep, can cause restlessness and difficulty falling asleep, tendency to be awakened more readily by sudden noises, and a decreased quality of sleep. However, some people can drink coffee and fall right asleep.
      9-Dehydration. The caffeine in coffee is a mild diuretic and can increase urine excretion. This effect may be easily neutralized by drinking an extra glass of water.


      10-Dependence. Caffeine is a drug, a mild central nervous system stimulant, and it produces dependence. Caffeine withdrawal is a real syndrome. You may get a few days of headache and irritability if you choose to quit drinking coffee, however, it is relatively easy to break this habit, and most people are not addicted to caffeine

      You can find many other sources on web.

      Regards...
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    • Profile picture of the author glchandler
      So I am out of bed early and had a chance to read whole post.

      Came up with the only plausible answer to question:

      Is coffee good or bad for you? Is coffee "good or bad" for you?

      Hey guys,

      I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

      So which is correct?
      Obvious answer is: YES

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    • Profile picture of the author James Clark
      Coffee is bad for you if you drink 6-7 cups a day. I have one cup of coffee a day and that's it. Also, It depends on how old you are. If you are in this business and do a lot of sitting that is also bad for you.

      Some Doctors suggest that black pepper and to much coffee will irritate your Prostate. When you add that to sitting in front of the computer to much that is what I would call the double whammy.

      Jimmy.
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    • Profile picture of the author m_maker
      coffee is very bad if your drinking too much,but i advice you to drink green tea every morning coz it's good for your health
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    • Profile picture of the author keyaziz
      I hate the saying "everything in moderation". So its ok to moderately poison ourselves? A little WILL hurt. You may not see the repercussions now but you most very likely will in the future. This could be in the form of excessive tiredness and not being able to really function (which is most people these days) or something like cancer.

      Why is it "not living" by avoiding these things?

      I cut out caffeine and my moods are much more level, I don't get irritated anymore and I am happier. That IS living to me.

      You can enjoy your food without resorting to junk. Stop putting junk on a pedalstal - see it for what it really is....and you will live a much healthier life.

      Of course there are going to be studies showing how great coffee is...because it is something a lot of people love and it is addictive. That isn't healthy..but we will make an excuses or find anything for the things you love. J

      Also just because something contains something doesn't mean that it is healthy for us and even if it does contain just that one thing that is considered good for us - there are a million other reasons why it isn't healthy. We focus on the ONE thing that makes it seem ok, so we can continue our addiction to them.
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    • Profile picture of the author stellamary
      I suggest everything should be at a limit.Then only it will be constant and beneficial...I mean the coffee can be taken for refreshment...not too as the addict of coffee.keep sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Buhry
    I think coffee can be good for you if you don't drink too much. A little caffeine has been known to boost your metabolism. I also like to drink a lot of coffe if I need to stay up in order to get something done, however I doubt that that is ''good'' for me, lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author Colin04
      Rather than work off various opinions, the secret is to test oneself for coffee and how much one requires a day. One great way to test oneself is by muscle testing and it is very easy to do this with some practice and a good teacher.

      Coffee works by stimulating the body to increase glucose production, so it increases brain glucose levels and makes one feel better if one's blood and brain glucose levels are too low.

      When one uses muscle testing, one can easily get the dosage right for oneself without over stimulating oneself.

      Truth testing is invaluable for so many areas in life especially in health matters as above and in the spiritual area so that one can have Spiritual Freedom and then Spiritual Compatibility with one's soul mate.
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    • Profile picture of the author msmarketingwizz
      Coffee can be really good for you especially if you drink the organic healthy one which is rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. I'm not a coffee drinker but I drink a cup a day to keep me healthy and give me energy.

      I hope this helps =)
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      • Profile picture of the author spartan75
        i love my coffee in the morning. never leave home without it
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  • Profile picture of the author kayvee
    Moderation is the key....although I dont touch coffee....

    Then again the definition of moderation is a debate in itself

    never use Coffee to "wake you up"
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark 2
    I guess if used in balanced quantity then there's no problem at all. But if the usage exceeds the normal absorption limits, it can cause health problems.

    I enjoy cold coffee...
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  • Profile picture of the author Cornelius G
    Yes as someone mentioned - MODERATION, but again every persons body is DIFFERENT, what is perfectly fine for me might be a dangerous activity for someone else. I personally experience fast heart beating when having too-much caffeine intake in my body. So I stay with 1 cup-per-day or even skip that cup if neccessary. But coffee is SO NICE, what to do...Tell me it will help my online business :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author sahbussman
    I love coffee i drank more than 4 times a day!
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  • Profile picture of the author danmiranda
    It's bad for you. Chemicals. Bad. Chemicals. Bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author ankit_frenz
    if you ask me i thinks..it does nothing good for the health..may be a little bad on the contarary
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    I make a full pot of coffee every morning and then I've found that it is so much more efficient to just snap the lid off the pot and drink it from there. If I'm going to drink it all there's no point in getting a cup dirty, is there? (No, I'm not serious.)

    There are some surprising benefits. Did you know that there is more fiber in coffee than orange juice?
    More Fiber in Coffee Than Orange Juice?

    I'm not at all trying to say that it is healthy. I don't know. That bit of info was just a surprise to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author PPCExpert
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    Agree with Jon, green tea is much better.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hesaidblissfully
      The problem with a lot of these "this is good for you", "that's bad for you" stories you see in the news is that lots of substances that we eat/drink have postitive and negative effects. So one group of researchers will find positive effects, and another will find negative effects, and the media will spin their findings whichever way sells more papers/gets more viewers/etc.

      Caffeine gives you a jolt of energy and alertness, but it also throws your brain chemistry out of whack (by causing your brain to make more adenosine receptors - you can look it up on Wikipedia), which actually makes you feel MORE tired than usual if you don't have that next cup. So is it good for you or bad for you?

      If having more energy is the issue, eating smart, getting enough sleep (easier than it sounds, I know), and excercise are much better solutions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maureen
    Moderation is the key. I personally don't drink coffee altho I love it. I don't do well on caffeine, get to gettery. I drink green tea all day. It has less than half the caffeine.

    I found over the years not to get too caught up in all the talk about what is good and what is bad. Eat healthy but have your treats too. In moderation again.

    Also the way you think about food before you ingest it affects the way your body processes it. If you are worried or concerned or thinking you shouldn't before you eat or drink something it affects your digestion. So if you are going to eat or drink something feel good about your decision. If you don't feel good about it don't eat it.

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  • Profile picture of the author dmderoeck
    Nectar of the gods - coffee is good, good, good.

    Raises metabolism, enhances creativity, and... it tastes good. Good for distance running too - I used to run competitively and thought it helped my performance, especially the long distances (marathons).

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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    I happen to love coffee!!

    I've also recently read it can help prevent diabetes.
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  • Profile picture of the author landing-page-dude
    Only in moderation. I used to drink coffee all day, I was jittery and couldn't concentrate. I switched to only one cup in the morning, drank more water...i felt much better. Seriously though, try limiting coffee intake and increase water intake, it's good for ya.
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  • Profile picture of the author M.Bruso
    I can't prove coffee is harmfull, but I drink it pretty seldom. Now I live with a simply rule: What looks nice, tastes and smells good is a good food or drink (Allen Carr wrote about it in 'Easy way to lose weight'). And I remmember coffee was disgusting the first time i tasted it (and not only the first time). Later I just fooled myself it's tasty...

    And coffee (coffeine) didn't help me to work or study at night. Actually, I was drinking coffee before going to sleep not so long ago...

    Maybe there are good things coffee gives but I believe it does not counterbalance harmful effects of it.

    Of course, it's only my opinion

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  • Profile picture of the author charles4
    If your body is already acidic like mine try to avoid coffee. Just my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author t!
    if you are healthy, coffee is bad for you.

    Try some experiments to prove it for yourself, drink coffee, measure your bodies response.

    If you are unhealthy, coffee may be good for you depending on your ailment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robin E. Anderson
    I drink a lot of very strong coffee, but I have found that when I get jittery, a cup of hot water satisfies me almost as much as the coffee. I really think it is because it is a hot drink, and I associate hot drinks with comfort and relaxation, a treat if you will. I do not pay much attention to the health hype because there are things way worse for you than coffee and it seems like an innocuous vice at worst.
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  • Profile picture of the author monsur
    I am a fan of coffee.It is heard that coffee reduces the risk of heart attack.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clint
    I once heard coffee is good because it's an accelerant. Accelerant allow the heart to beat faster. The blood to flow smoother , thus burning energy and fat. So in my opinion coffee is good.
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  • Profile picture of the author doctorjay
    Coffee is both harmful and good for you hence the difference between different health gurus. As many have said one, two even three cups a day tend to be better than harmful.

    However, tea specially green tea has all the advantages of coffee (antioxidants) with fewer disadvantages - however this said the advantages of enjoying life are most important. If you enjoy the coffee and do not become jittery (caffeine overdose) and sleep well (too much coffee in the evening can cause insomnia) go for it and enjoy yourself.

    All the 2-3 cups a day are guidelines and only you know what is the right amount for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author subisa852
    I love drinking coffee! There have always been arguments about coffee being good/ bad for the health, but I think that if taken in moderation, a good 2-3 cups a day can help us get through the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author clubvikram
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    Well i drink coffee for just one reason,i just love the taste but the best thing is that i do not crave for more than 1 cup of coffee so its pretty much in moderation and i am assured that i will be spared the ill effects of excess drinking.
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  • Profile picture of the author homebasedmom
    Coffee is good but not too much. Too much caffeine is dangerous to our health. Always take everything moderately.
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  • Profile picture of the author emofree
    well for me I just drink one or two cup of coffee a day one in the morning and one in the afternoon. depends on the person if he can stand coffee or not. I think coffee is good just drink moderately.
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  • Profile picture of the author Igor Kheifets
    Hey Tristan,

    get a hold of the book "Easy way to lose weight"
    It will answer all your coffee related questions.

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  • Profile picture of the author pevans13
    Coffee, like everything else is this world should only be enjoyed in moderation. Too much of anything is unhealthy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jim Hallmark
    Perhaps I'm a bit biased because I don't drink coffee or tea for religious reasons. I did drink them both at one time however and I have felt much better being off of them both. However mild it may be to some, they both contain natural substances (including caffeine) which are addictive.
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  • Profile picture of the author sellingonline
    Michael, I always thought the basic "problem" is dehydration, but hey, now I've read 7 Dangers of Coffee Addiction ConditionNutrition Reviews and tehre's a lot more... Or not? Guess it won't kill you and I don't drink a lot anyway, so doesn't really matter to me - just keep save and don't become a coffee-junkie...
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  • Profile picture of the author shatner
    Im a coffee person... its GOOD!
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  • Profile picture of the author annbytes
    bad i prefer drinking water only
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  • Profile picture of the author Hyaku_Man
    Everybody needs at least one vice or they'll go nuts. So coffee is my vice.

    And girls. So I guess I have 2. But if I have to choose I'll take the coffee.
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  • Profile picture of the author aQsa08
    It's not only about coffee,but if we consume anything more then measuring there would be not good for our health..everything must keep in balance in proportion..
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  • Profile picture of the author ajcox22
    i know that it makes as a natural laxitive lol, other than that i am not sure
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    Espresso is best as a brain food and for your digestive system. However, caffeine is bad for you (it affects your blood sugar and is potentially addictive). So it's not all good, and it's not all bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelj80
    Moderation is the key. Statistics and studies can generally be skewed to "prove" anything one way or the other. I have known people that can drink coffee at night and sleep like a baby. I have seen a guy drink coffee after 5 pm and not be able to sleep. It is up to the individual and how it effects them. Nowadays it seems that everything kills you so again I say moderation, moderation, moderation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shana_Adam
    Coffee is a drug. it contains caffeine. Decaffeinated coffee or tea is worse

    Hell if it wasn't I wouldn't be addicted to tea.

    Ive had like 8 cups today - its my one vice!

    really want to give up tea but I caaaaaaannnnnntttt
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  • Profile picture of the author stncws
    i am drinking coffee almost everyday, i feel ok after drink it. Coffee is for health too !
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  • Profile picture of the author Neautograph
    I dont drink coffee.. I dont really like it. I go for tea...
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  • Profile picture of the author Greg Jacobs
    Coffee is physically addictive. Those of you that drink coffee, don't have a cup tomorrow morning and see how you feel.

    Then come back and tell me with a straight face that it is good for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    Coffee is the beverage of the gods. Nobody gets between me and my early morning/mid morning/late morning/afternoon/ early afternoon/etc.etc.etc. coffee....
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  • Profile picture of the author XFactor
    Coffee is devasting to my focus, energy and motivation.

    Yet I must drink at least 1 every day.

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  • Profile picture of the author nunugenius
    Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

    So which is correct? What are the pros and cons of drinking coffee? I'm a coffee lover, so I hope it's a healthy drink.

    Thanks,
    Michael
    coffee is relative for me. if i consumed a little of coffee, it is useful for our body. and if i consumed large of coffee, it is bad for me
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  • Profile picture of the author vinku
    I take 3 cup coffee daily it help me fresh my mind to restart my work..
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  • Profile picture of the author Juris
    Dude marijuana is more healthy than coffee... and less addictive..
    I`m drinking it really rarely, but I really don`t think that it does some good for you..

    if someone wants to find out more about this amazingly "bad" plant (marry jane...) which one you can use to cure cancer, manke bio fuel, make clothes and it`s even eatable and drop all your stereotipes i suggest that all of you download a movie "The Union Business Behind Getting High"
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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Connell
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    I might just have to go and flog myself now for being an addict!

    I was brought up on coffee and have never missed a day (that I can remember) of regular coffee drinking.

    I have a machine that is on the go from the minute I wake up until I go to bed. I probably drink in excess of a dozen cups a day.

    I am probably one of the lucky ones but I have never been ill, had high blood pressure etc, etc,.

    In fact, I am the healthiest person I know!

    One mans poison and all that...

    Now, pass me a coffee please.

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  • Profile picture of the author liaochin2k9
    Actualy, coffee is good for digestion, but the caffeine is also pump our heart slightly harder. So I just limited to drink coffee only two times daily.
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  • Profile picture of the author jpjameson
    Caffeine can do so nasty stuff to the body. don't get me wrong I love me some cup a Joe. I find that if I have been drinking too much of it over a period of time I get nasty headaches.
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  • Profile picture of the author netalab
    yes, it's true that Coffee is rich in antioxidant which is really good for our body.
    but, of course too much drinking of coffee is also not good for your body.
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  • Profile picture of the author niklasgroup
    there is no relevant scientific proof that coffee has its bad effect in our body. It's really depend on how much coffee do you put in your cup. we have this saying that everything that is much is too bad.weigh to balance everything is the best possible solution!
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  • Profile picture of the author dking88
    it depends on the coffee but most if it is bad! lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Tyvan
    Good in small doses, bad in large ones. =)
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Ho
    Well as with everything else in life.. moderation and balance is key.. coffee is one of those hugely in debate topics with no end in sight like does Vit C cure the common cold and the like.. After a while you just wanna give up and do your own thing..
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  • Profile picture of the author shaunwu
    Oh yes, I do agree with workingmamma, moderation is the key to every intake. Too much healthy food but no exercise is not healthy... Always exercising but no healthy eating is no good too.

    Moderation, Be Balanced, Be Yin & Yang!
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  • Profile picture of the author bluelambda
    I'm like totally addicted to coffee... who cares if it's good (or not) for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kazooli
    Is Coffee good or bad for your health? Can Coffee help you concentrate?
    Back in my Psychology Masters' Degree I remember reading an experiment that was done on spiders. They compared LSD, Cannabis and Caffeine to see the effect that these may have on the spiders' web creation. The results were as follow: Spiders on LSD created extremely complex patterns, those in cannabis started great but never finished their webs and those on caffeine were with the most mistakes been made.

    Sincerely
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    ''This experiment is by no means an example to be used in real life situations with humans or animals. This is NOT a suggestion neither a comparison to which of the three substances mentioned above is the best. Drugs and stimulants are bad for you!''
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Faraday
    Not what you want to hear about moderation:

    Even a little coffee 1st thing is know to elevate LDL Cholestral all day.
    This throws of your symphony of hormones off, which run everything.

    As mentioned, coffee is both toxic, harsh & acidic (hence the breath deal)
    This leaches you of alkaline minerals (i.e. we are all starved for.
    LDL is there because you arteries are getting burned or at least irritated & inflamed. NOT good...

    We should share ideas as how to better get Magnesium & calcium back into our bodies - and not with pills or "tablets." And staying alkaline. Learn about pH your life depends on it. Yeah, yeah, the 100 old cigar smoking boozhound - great genes maybe but our genes are actually getting weaker.
    Uhhhh... hello: child obesity & adult onset diabetes

    On the other hand Coffee is beautifully aromatic - definitely has some benifits. Coffee in enemas (eeeewwwe gross) is incredible for the liver & detoxification. That's my next evolution.

    Personally I like cacao - still not ideal but you get super focused & alert.

    Green tea is great - make sure waters & showers are chlorine free as it makes green tea mutagenic.

    Learn about Hydration, alkalinity & minerals (coffee antagonizes all three)

    If you must - balance your diet with alkaline foods, greens, cellery & grapefruit. If you can buy Phour salts from phmiracle.com (cheezy package - but amazing product to keep you alkaline regardless.

    Mercola.com another good site. Was #1 for natural health sites at one point
    He's pretty good. And if you can "body ecology diet" rocks by Donna Gates

    Hope I didn't upset anyone here going on & all...

    PS: Alkalinity cuts stress way down, slows aging & accelerates attention

    Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Ho
    Well.. balance is key i think.. anyway i'd rather drink tea.. no one complains about tea being bad.. haha.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maryleena
    Have you ever heard of placebo?
    If someone tells you that cofee is good...it is and vice versa.

    But again: moderation is the way to go...don't drink moore than 2-3 cups a day. But the longer you have been drinkink it, the moore your body is used to it and can handel moore of it!

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  • Profile picture of the author sunsoftsystem
    Tea is better then Coffee, all of them bad when you consume more then limit, the limit is differ person to person so, you know your limit
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill Grieger
    To each his/her own. I, on the other hand, believe coffee is not good for you. Caffine and other additives that it contains are addictive and harmful to your health. If you need it to stay awake, get more sleep. If you need it to feel like you have more energy, start working out more. If you drink it because you like it, use moderation. Anything that gives you withdrawals is obviously not good for your body and health. Use your head. Take care of yourself because nobody else will.

    Take care,
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    • Profile picture of the author rego
      All my life I heard that drinking coffee was not good for our health!
      However, recently, I read some scientific studies which stated that coffee ingestion is very good on preventing diabetes, Parkinson disease, dementia, Alzheimer disease, fighting asthma attacks, increasing the state of alert and it has a great antioxidant activity.

      We must not forget, though, that coffee contains cafeine and that cafeine is a stimulant of the central nervous system, which can cause insomnia, headaches, anxiety, dizziness and vertigo. It is also a strong diuretic for some people and it can cause physical dependence (4 or more cups a day)!

      So, the keyword is: moderation. Drink it but don't abuse it!

      Personally, I enjoy drinking coffee... just the taste of it... I don't feel any side effects!
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  • Profile picture of the author Equinoxx
    Too much of anything is good for nothing. Personally, I prefer tea to coffee. The latter has much caffeine content.
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  • Profile picture of the author You_MakeMoney
    I once drank over a period of time so much coffee that my liver got sick from it
    That was 3 liters a day! Now I drink much less coffee about 2 or 3 cups.
    But I still do love every aspect of coffee!
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  • Profile picture of the author MattRobson
    I think using this stuff in the morning is gross, on an empty stomach, I would hate that. Both the feeling in your stomach and your head getting a rush, while you are still hungry.

    Even with breakfast it's just not right.

    I have been known to enjoy a vanilla latte, or some of those cold mocha or vanilla iced packaged drinks from starbucks, I usually add like 30% more milk since they are too sweet.

    I kind of like these at dinner time, or at night, to feel more focused or as a digestif, maybe slight pick-me-up, Not really to deal with being totally tired.

    Not the kind of person who goes on benders of coffee, but, I used to be pretty into soft drinks, still love sugar.

    Been drinking tons of cold black tea lately with honey.
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  • Profile picture of the author Preben Frenning
    I haven't read all replies here, but I know a few things about coffee:

    1. It's good for meetings, sales situations etc. as people are *a bit* more likely to accept offers when they drink coffee.
    2. 2-3 cups a day, has many advantages, but also a few disadvantages. I think it's approximately 50/50 pros/cons, but more than that is just bad. (I read a pretty difuse article in mens health, where they really draw no other conclusion than saying more than 3 cups is bad)
    3. I'm pretty sure I had more point when I started to write... Better get some coffee :p
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  • Profile picture of the author JB
    Word of warning, I used to drink 8 large cups of brewed coffee per day at a high stress job. I started to get palpitations at first then this turned into panic attacks. I quit coffee completely and the feeling went away plus my stress went down. Now if I even have one cup I can end up getting major jitters, like I became caffeine intolerant all of a sudden. Decaf is the way to go if you want the antioxidants without the nasty sides.
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  • Profile picture of the author chtfld
    Coffee is awesome - it helps me get up, get to work and focus in on things....unless I drink too much. My threshold is about 2-3 cups a day. Anything more than that and yeah, everyone's statements on moderation are dead on.

    I have a friend who works with me sometimes who is the walking dead without his coffee. Can't even talk to him on the phone. I've been there myself (not keen on going back).
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenK
    I think it depends upon the individual. Drinking coffee in moderation is probably very safe.
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  • Profile picture of the author aussieroo1
    I love drinking more than 1 cup per day, but I follow the "No coffee after 4" rule or else I wouldn't be able to sleep well at night.
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  • Profile picture of the author Drew_MX
    Eventually your body will rely on caffeine to retain normal energy levels if you consume too much. Coffee is bad in my opinion. Red bull is a much better alternative- just joking
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  • Profile picture of the author janvera
    The only thing I can say for sure is that coffee will be your friend when you can't afford to sleep on a given night. As for health risks, the gurus who say its bad may be right.
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  • Profile picture of the author mayapearl
    Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

    So which is correct? What are the pros and cons of drinking coffee? I'm a coffee lover, so I hope it's a healthy drink.

    Thanks,
    Michael

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  • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
    Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

    So which is correct? What are the pros and cons of drinking coffee? I'm a coffee lover, so I hope it's a healthy drink.

    Thanks,
    Michael
    I find that coffe is good for me, it helps wake me up, puts me in a good mood, and motivates me to get goin on the things I need to do much quicker with no hesitation! I'm still alive & doin fine! I may drink 2 20 oz mugs a day, but usually just 1! Always get the fatfree french vanilla cappacino, even healthier!
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    • Profile picture of the author elonblock
      Personally I like coffee and like a lot of of others have already mentioned "everything in moderation".

      There was a movie called Supersize me where a guy went on a 30 day McDonald's Binge and ended up with some pretty scary health problems and weight gain within the 30 days. But then again, he was literally living on the stuff for 3-4 meals a day.

      What else would you expect to happen?

      A cup of coffee or two daily, black, with some raw sugar is enough for me. Anything more than that I get the shakes.
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  • Profile picture of the author jokarl
    I feel that im a lot more focused after drinking coffee. As long as you dont overdo it i think its good. 1 glass of wine a day is also good
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  • Profile picture of the author Ajeet
    What I do not like about coffee is that it seems to get people addicted. Dependence can never be a good thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author mayapearl
    Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

    So which is correct? What are the pros and cons of drinking coffee? I'm a coffee lover, so I hope it's a healthy drink.

    Thanks,
    Michael
    Hi Michael,

    I have at least 2 cups a day, my mom drinks at least 5 cups a day!
    To honest I reckon 1/2 a day is not bad and yo will get all the benefits, having said that make sure it is real coffee not the instant variety. Real coffee is great and once you develop a taste for it you will always want a good coffee.
    Moderation is not a bad thing as too much of a good thing can turn to being harmful.
    Enjoy,
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  • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
    I have an update for you! I just read in Cosmo magazine that coffee is full of antioxidents and everyone knows antioxidants are very good for your health!
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    • Profile picture of the author Hesaidblissfully
      Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

      I have an update for you! I just read in Cosmo magazine that coffee is full of antioxidents and everyone knows antioxidants are very good for your health!
      So do fruits and green leafy vegetables and lots of other things though. I mean, if you just enjoy coffee and you do it in moderation, so be it. But if you're drinking it to get antioxidants, then there are other ways to get them that don't have any negative side effects - and which will give you more of a stable supply of energy rather than getting a quick boost and then crashing a few hours later.

      On a side note, I usually get really bad allergies (itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, etc.) in the springtime and this past year, I noticed that they weren't as severe as usual. I happened to be drinking about 2 cups of coffee at the time (I usually drink it for a few weeks each year, then stop), and I Googled it and saw a some article that mentioned that some people say coffee helps minimize their allergies. On the other hand, some people say it makes theirs worse, so go figure.
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    • Profile picture of the author Stephen Root
      Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

      I have an update for you! I just read in Cosmo magazine that coffee is full of antioxidents and everyone knows antioxidants are very good for your health!
      Yes and everybody also knows that if you digest antioxidants they are going to be destroyed by stomach acids.

      I thought everybody knew already that the whole antioxidants thing is a huge scam because only way you can get more antioxidants into your body is to go by sticking a needle in your vein. This was first proved in the 80s if I remember correctly. It is scary that big magazine like Cosmo doesn't check their "facts".

      If you don't believe me, just google around.
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  • Profile picture of the author mayapearl
    I drink two strong espressos a day, I don't think that I am addicted since I often go for days without one when I travel since I don't like to drink bad coffee, life is too short for that.
    Coffee has many health benefits when drunk moderately: no more than 2 or 3 cups a day.
    If anyone is interested in the history of coffee I would suggest a great book by Stewart Lee Allen: "The Devil's Cup". A great read and funny as hell.

    Compare coffee to Cola, which would you pick for taste and health benefits?
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  • Profile picture of the author EIH888
    I find coffee to be one of the joys in life. But that's my life and everyone's biochemistry is slightly different. In addition, it's good to remember the "middle path"--there is such a thing as "too much of a good thing".
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  • Profile picture of the author Dankova
    Caffeine is a stimulant and is the element that gives coffee and many other beverages their jolt. It is definitely a central-nervous-system stimulant. It acts as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system and both regular and decaf coffee can irritate the stomach. Drinking caffeine in boundless amounts as coffee or tea (which may actually have more caffeine than coffee) over a short period of time has been shown to raise blood sugar. So if you are prone to blood sugar issues, beware! And, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, lower your current caffeine intake to less than 300 milligrams a day or three cups of coffee.
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  • Profile picture of the author akasher
    Coffee is horrible. My professor is a psycho and he drinks coffee all day!
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  • Profile picture of the author maesil
    The general rule for drinking coffee is to make sure that you don't drink it in excess. Coffee can be good in certain cases and bad in others. As you've noticed by now, the recurring theme in our answers is "moderation" - and it is the very reason why everyone ignores cliches. Cliches, though, are for the most part true. So for the majority of mankind, it is probably best to drink coffee in moderation.
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  • Profile picture of the author alexff
    Nice another one informative ??? thread
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  • Profile picture of the author manadospace
    Cafein is important for health IF on smart drinking
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  • Profile picture of the author jameswatson2002
    i m unable to work without coffee its as simple as that !
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  • Profile picture of the author Amish
    I don't like coffee at all, I stick to good old Mountain Dew!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Chua
    I'm a coffee person too and it helps me feel relaxed as I go with my day. It is true that coffee has antioxidants and it is also true that too much coffee is not healthy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raygun
    Moderation it is. Just remember that "too much of anything is dangerous".
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperSand
    Yup,

    coffee is my favorite. But I have to stop it now because it push my adrenaline up and make my heart beeping fast. I only used this to any fighting competition (old fashion methods).

    Now - I like coffee but I only take it once a month

    moderation!

    That's the key...

    Originally Posted by honestbizpro View Post

    Hey Micheal,

    I have found the most important word in life is MODERATION.


    I had a friend who was going to get coffee in the middle of the night. I asked her why and she could not give me a good reason.

    Weeks later she fainted and eventually needed a blood transfusion. Yikes!

    That may be an extreme case but we have to be aware of what we place in our bodies and how much of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew O
    Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

    So which is correct? What are the pros and cons of drinking coffee? I'm a coffee lover, so I hope it's a healthy drink.

    Thanks,
    Michael
    Here's my take on this. I was a coffee drinker for many years, and I couldn't hardly get out of bed without a cup of coffee. But one day I decided to completely give it up and after a few days of breaking the addiction and feeling horrible, I've never felt better. I need less sleep, can get out of bed easier in the morning, and am much more alert and energetic all day long.

    Having said that, I don't have anything against coffee itself, it is rich in antioxidants and can be god for you, I'm just against the addiction to caffeine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ian25
    I rarely drank coffee because the taste of instant coffee granules makes a poor cup of coffee. But then in 2007 I discovered filter coffee-A lovely drink.
    I had 2 or 3 cups of filter coffee every day and over a five week period dark circles appeared around my eyes.Previously Non existant. Seems my 6 hours sleep and coffee drinking triggered a dark circles around my eyes problem. Not touched ANY coffee since december 2007 and dark circles around my eyes disapperead within 3 months.
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    • Profile picture of the author Preben Frenning
      Originally Posted by Ian25 View Post

      I rarely drank coffee because the taste of instant coffee granules makes a poor cup of coffee. But then in 2007 I discovered filter coffee-A lovely drink.
      I had 2 or 3 cups of filter coffee every day and over a five week period dark circles appeared around my eyes.Previously Non existant. Seems my 6 hours sleep and coffee drinking triggered a dark circles around my eyes problem. Not touched ANY coffee since december 2007 and dark circles around my eyes disapperead within 3 months.
      Have you considered it might be allergy or something?

      As for business, coffee is supposedly good for making deals, as the one who drinks it will be less resistant to your offers. I read it in some entrepeneur magazine, and it didn't say it had a "huge" effect, but it adds up

      I've also read that you can drink up to 3 cups day, and the benefits will be close to equal with the disadvantages. If you drink more than that, it will do you nothing good.
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  • Profile picture of the author locpic63
    Yes coffee is good for you in moderation. Studies over the last three years have indicated that coffee has more antioxidants than any other liquid on the planet. Thats more than green tea or any tea for that matter. Also I want to add that coffee is good for you if you do not have any heart or blood pressure problems.
    Disclaimer: Seek your doctors approval! The above is just my own experience and not to be construed as medical advice.

    Here's to your continuing success
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  • Profile picture of the author tootalldave
    I love coffee but make sure i drink in moderation.
    Coffee has both pros and cons that have been covered here.
    I would suggest that you keep it below 2 cups a day and for every cup of coffee you drink that you drink two cups of water.
    Now as far as business, i would say coffee has been a plus for me.
    As an example when i have quit drinking coffee for 6 months or so, my teeth get whiter and i seem much more mellow, then i look back and say what the heck did i get done? not much.
    When i drink coffee i get so much accomplished and even seem to keep in better shape.
    Coffee, rock on...
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  • Profile picture of the author rajuthan
    Its good but once you start drinking 2-3 cups a day check your teeth :|
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  • Profile picture of the author anexplorer
    I never really believed that drinking coffee is good for you. I heard it stunts your growth. But I guess if you're at that age where you're not going to grow at all anymore, then drinking coffee is not a big deal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raygun
    wow..thoughts are pouring in! One should learn from each other's advices/opinions.
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  • Profile picture of the author highprofitdi
    Moderation is always the best idea in most cases and as far as the different reports you read it depends on who's interest they are serving. Remember when it was considered unhealthy to eat eggs, now any good nutritionist will tell you that they are a great source of protein. Common sense is your best resource.
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  • Profile picture of the author pioneer
    hi,
    I am neither a doctor nor a health specialist but can say it confidently that nothing excess is good for health. So my suggestion for you will be to take it as normally. Hope this habit will help u to enjoy coffee as well as to help your health. Wish u a good health.

    Regards,
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  • Profile picture of the author Christopher Grant
    I'm not coffee person, I like hot chocolate...
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  • Profile picture of the author pauljeaston
    2 cups of coffee a day makes you younger and alert all throughout the day. But the excess can be truly bad as it can affect your sleeping patterns, your nervous system, and can increase your body's acidity which is a trigger for gout...Just take it in moderation.
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    Coffee in any amount is not helpful it all for your brain functioning and work production and anyone who tells you different has read a study about caffeine paid for by cola companies or Starbucks.
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    • Profile picture of the author 2d0k
      the best ingredient there is in coffee are the anti-oxidants.. it is suggested that you drink one or two cups a day.. but, of course, do not over do it.. too much of anything is bad..
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  • Profile picture of the author dannykth8
    Coffee is good as long as don't drink it too much. let say one cup of coffee per day.
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    • Profile picture of the author keddy1
      coffee is stress reliever.whenever am stressed I go for a cup of strong coffee
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    As a sufferer of anxiety I am caffiene intolerant. Coffee put simply is a drug, and I dont think you benefit from it whatsoever.
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  • Profile picture of the author kimvalerio05
    I'm also a coffee lover and I think it's good in our health like what you've said other health gurus say that it is rich in antioxidant and good in the body, but we must do know that everything is bad if it is too much.
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  • Profile picture of the author don21stc
    Looking at the widely different opinions in this thread and other scientific and medical theories and findings, the jury's still out in the coffee case and looks likely to remain out for a long time.
    But, in my opinion, an excellent cup of strong macchiato is one of the finest taste experiences in the world ranking alongside vintage champagne, fine oysters, a perfect strawberry, the concoctions of great chefs and all the other yummy things that I'm drooling over as I write this.
    Therefore, coffee to me is not just good - it's really premier league great!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Trainor
    I use to have a real problem with coffee. I still do, but I use to have a problem too. I have cut it down to two cups a day.......



    ......then another two at night.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dr Dan
    Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

    So which is correct? What are the pros and cons of drinking coffee? I'm a coffee lover, so I hope it's a healthy drink.

    Thanks,
    Michael
    it really depends on your goal? Is it good for you? No. Should you drink it? depends on you. In a perfect world you should just drink water and green juiced veggies. But that wouldnt be living.

    If you like coffee, then drink it in moderation. But dont use the excuse that it is good for you to validate yourself to drink it.
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  • Profile picture of the author loenex
    It's up to you. Coffee can be advantageous and at the same time disadvantageous. Coffee contains a stimulant called caffeine which can make you active, more receptive and alert. however, it may can also be addictive and stimulate if taking in excess dosage. Drink moderately.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Thai
    I agree that everything must be consumed in moderation. There used be so much news about egg yolk having high cholesterol and its no good but recently I read somewhere that says it is good for you. (!!!??) Same with water, when I was younger I was told to drink a lot of water but now I heard that drinking too much is no good too.....

    Michael T.
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  • Profile picture of the author eBizSuccessCoach
    Bro, my wife loves coffee as it is a culture thing with her. She is from the Cape Verde Islands and she grew up drinking coffee. Me personally, I like it but don't drink it often. My wife sometimes gets me to drink it with her. Who cares if it is good or bad. If you drink it in moderation it can't be that bad for you. Water is good for the body but if you drink way too much of it it can kill you. So I say if drinking coffee brings you peace and joy then drink your coffee.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaleniie Devi
    Coffee is bad for me cuz it has the reverse effect...it actually makes me sleepy. You can say it's my sleeping pill if I need one.

    But seriously too much caffeine is bad as it dehydrates your body. Stick to a max. 2 cups a day.
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  • Profile picture of the author rocketmail009
    I personally dont believe in cons of drinking coffee (unless you drink more than 3 cups a day - dont go over 600mg caffeine a day)
    Its good to drink coffee - can prevent Alzheimer's, has some aphrodisiac characteristics, improves brain functioning etc.
    everything in moderation...
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  • Profile picture of the author kiwichamp
    The key to most areas of our diet is moderation - I have also read that organic is better. I have found the supermarkets now offer some brands in organic. The taste is actually better.

    As far as sweeteners - I don't use any, but anything else I may sweeten, I use the Sweet Leaf.

    Yes workingmamma - the news is always coming up with some different thing that is good for you one day and going to kill you the next day. In fact you will laugh - but I remember hearing that toast (yep - good old toasted bread) was cancer causing.

    So -- the key to all diets is definitely "a little won't hurt", which is what most of you are agreeing on.
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  • Profile picture of the author minitg
    I guess it depends on how much of it you drink a day. I only have one cup a day in the morning and have been drinking it for many years. Some time ago when I had a lot of stressors in my life, I used to get a headache in the morning when I do not have my coffee, but it could be mind over matter as well.

    I enjoy my one cup each morning with a lot of cream in it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeena
    I think anything is bad if you don't take it moderately. . .
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    All right guys...

    I know I had the second response on this thread, and know what I said originally. Now, months later, I have to update.

    I've quit coffee.

    Yes, there are certain health benefits to coffee. I'll still enjoy a cup now and then for the taste. But I no longer use it to get me going in the morning.

    I decided to quit because I no longer wanted some external substance to dictate how my day would get started. If I didn't get my morning cup of joe, I'd get agitated, annoyed, and thinking only where that cup of coffee would be coming from next. I decided, "You know what - I'm in charge here. Not the caffeine. I am."

    I'm still going through withdrawal (I only quit a few weeks ago), but I've been calmer, sleeping better, been able to focus and think a lot more clearly. I've also been told I'm less agitated, not nearly as bitchy, and generally more pleasant to be around.

    I decided it was time to take back control. As I said before, I still love the taste of coffee, and would still get a pumpkin spice latte or mocha frappuccino when hanging out with a friend. I just no longer depend on it to wake me up in the morning - my life will go on regardless.
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Interesting observation, Emily. I think I'm a fellow coffee addict as well, and crave both the taste and the caffeine kick that comes along with a cup of coffee. I wish you much luck in your continuing journey to withdraw from coffee as a daily routine; your withdrawal symptoms are a little different from mine though, as I tend to become very lethargic, listless, sometimes even melancholy (and often end up with a splitting headache as well). In short, I lack ambition and any semblance of motivation before I've had my first cup of coffee in the morning. Once I have that first and sometimes second cup of coffee, I'm good to go and really don't crave it at all later in the day. Without coffee, I also tend to sleep for extended stretches at night (9-10 hours or more), and still wake up feeling lethargic with that murky brain fog which just won't go away.

    Any thoughts and experiences you'd like to share on how you got past this initial stage of coffee withdrawal?
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    • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
      Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

      Interesting observation, Emily. I think I'm a fellow coffee addict as well, and crave both the taste and the caffeine kick that comes along with a cup of coffee. I wish you much luck in your continuing journey to withdraw from coffee as a daily routine; your withdrawal symptoms are a little different from mine though, as I tend to become very lethargic, listless, sometimes even melancholy (and often end up with a splitting headache as well). In short, I lack ambition and any semblance of motivation before I've had my first cup of coffee in the morning. Once I have that first and sometimes second cup of coffee, I'm good to go and really don't crave it at all later in the day. Without coffee, I also tend to sleep for extended stretches at night (9-10 hours or more), and still wake up feeling lethargic with that murky brain fog which just won't go away.

      Any thoughts and experiences you'd like to share on how you got past this initial stage of coffee withdrawal?
      It wasn't premeditated at all, I just literally woke up one morning and decided I didn't want to bother with it anymore.

      I'm not gonna lie to you - it was really, really rough. Caffeine stays in your system anywhere between 10 and 24 hours - and I'd have 2-3 "cups" (though they weren't exactly 6 oz cups, so probably more like 4-5) a day for years. Since my body was obviously used to this stimulant in my bloodstream 24 hours a day, going cold turkey wasn't exactly welcoming at first. I was pretty tired all day, and the next day I had to make coffee for someone else and it smelled sooooooo good, but then I thought, "Just because it's there doesn't mean I have to have it."

      As for quality of sleep, mine's improved significantly... like I said earlier, caffeine stays in your system up to 24 hours, even when you're sleeping, so it'll disrupt that sleep. I felt the same way - if I didn't get my coffee, I'd just drag ass all day no matter how much sleep I got.

      I started drinking a lot more water and eating healthier - that's the only way, really, to push through withdrawal symptoms. Instead of waking up with stimulants, you wake up with nutrition and hydration, if that makes sense. It's still not easy, I really wouldn't mind a cup of coffee right about now - but it really just comes down to willpower.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Faraday
    Congrads - Good Girl - Follow your heart - Listen to you body. Caffee is not Beneficial and burns you out.
    Starting with the adrenal - then thyroid.
    Over the next 50 years the Health conversation will be Hormones - NOT metabolism
    The studies are largely slanted. YOU know how ethics go.
    Flouride has benefits in toothpaste... Right???

    Even One cup raises LDL ALL Day.

    Big thing is the acidity - Learn about Hydration Alkalinity & Minerals - Crushes Food & Drug Cravings Cold.
    We're all starved & Dehydrated and lust for emotional Stimulation. (i.e. Red Headlines in Verdana using Triggers : )

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    Good Luck

    Cacao ? Not sure thats the answer either

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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Faraday
    Coffee & Chocolate have powerful healing compounds - but they all get roasted - not just out of them but converted into additional toxins which (pyrolytic compounds) - by the way are part of the addiction. Look for alternatives & wean yourself form their stronghold. The Sugar as well

    The candle burns bright but burns real fast - and hard.

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  • Profile picture of the author theblack
    I think coffee is good. Just don't too much drink it
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  • Profile picture of the author thetruth23
    Personally, I don't drink coffee.

    I don't think its good for you because it stains your teeth. That's right!

    And if you're tired, get more rest.

    If you don't want to do that, try water. (Sometimes we lack energy simply because we are dehydrated)

    Caffeine is a stimulant, and it goes against what your body is naturally trying to tell you if you have it when you are tired. (If you're tired don't try and chemically stimulate your body - Rest!)

    Don't fight your body and its signals! Work with it.

    It's just unnecessary most the time. Unless going to a lot of coffee dates (and thats all coffee IS good for), drink water.

    Be like water my friend!
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    • Profile picture of the author ericwoo
      Good reply!

      Originally Posted by thetruth23 View Post

      Personally, I don't drink coffee.

      I don't think its good for you because it stains your teeth. That's right!

      And if you're tired, get more rest.

      If you don't want to do that, try water. (Sometimes we lack energy simply because we are dehydrated)

      Caffeine is a stimulant, and it goes against what your body is naturally trying to tell you if you have it when you are tired. (If you're tired don't try and chemically stimulate your body - Rest!)

      Don't fight your body and its signals! Work with it.

      It's just unnecessary most the time. Unless going to a lot of coffee dates (and thats all coffee IS good for), drink water.

      Be like water my friend!
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  • Profile picture of the author silverwaterfall
    It has good and bad properties. I've been trying to cut back because I have trouble with irregular heartbeats. I've noticed that the boost I get from coffee seems more psychological, so for me even decaf or tea helps me perk up.
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  • Profile picture of the author nelsonbiglar
    Coffee is acidic and our bodies require alkalinity to keep disease away....
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  • Profile picture of the author xstrobex
    Coffee once in while not bad. I've heard different from Dr. William C. Douglass you can google his name and check out his site. I remember reading that he says coffee's actually good for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author ericwoo
    I'm seriously thinking its something thats not bad for you unless you drink it a lot. Maybe something that is good for you when in moderation. Kind of like on the same level as chocolate and wine.

    Thats my take on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author emmajane
    Coffee does cotain some antioxidants, however the downside is that it messes with your blood sugar which can lead to insulin resistance and weight gain, depletes vital nutrients such as magnesium, stimulates your adrenal glands which can lead to adrenal exhaustion, and uses up methyl groups in the liver to detoxify the chlorogenic acid it contains. There does seem to be a link with high coffee drinkers and depression. This may be due to using up methyl groups which we need to make the happy brain chemicals. If you like coffee limit it to two cups a day.
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  • Profile picture of the author emmajane
    one more thing it's best to drink organic coffee because of the pestecides that normal coffee contains.
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  • Hi,

    I love coffee.... And caffeine in moderation might be a good thing, at least it gets you through the day..

    Although too much of it might cause disruption in sleep pattern and awareness as well as other possibly cardiological side effects..

    So maybe have 1 a day?
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  • Profile picture of the author Tatiana Aleshina
    Everything in moderation, surely?
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  • Profile picture of the author Victoria Kelley
    I think if you apply a good balance of everything you eat and drink, including coffee it does have health benefits. There is an article on WebMD that is suggesting from the latest research that Coffee may actually lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes, Parkinsons and Colon Cancer. People who suffer from migraines and headaches are given medications with the main ingredient being....Caffeine. Hope this helps

    Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author Rucco
      I read the book "Caffeine Blues" and it totally convinced me to get off coffee. I did not, however go cold turkey. My wife and I used Teechino very effectively to wean ourselves off over a two week period. I would recommend 3-4 weeks as I was still totally shot. In fact day 14 I was literally putting just a 1/2 tbsp. of regular coffee, and that made a huge difference.

      I did go back on and had a full strength Starbucks Venti and I immediately found myself angry and short tempered.

      Just because we don't think we feel it's doing us harm does not mean it isn't. Kind of like Hydrogenated oil in the body. It may not make us sick right away...but builds up over time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Naija warrior
    I believe Coffee is beneficial in moderate quantities and I do enjoy it twice a week.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Nguyen
    Well I heard that 4-5 cups of coffee can reduce the chances of head and neck cancer!

    Coffee 'may protect against cancer' - Yahoo! News UK
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  • Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

    So which is correct? What are the pros and cons of drinking coffee? I'm a coffee lover, so I hope it's a healthy drink.

    Thanks,
    Michael
    Basically, it is not good to exaggerate anything.

    But it is best that you experiment with, say, 60 days without coffee. If you improve your health, then end with coffee. If health does not improve, continue drinking coffee.
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  • Profile picture of the author hendricius
    Coffee has recently been found to contain some very important antioxidants that prevent cancer and attack free radicals in your body.

    I have heard that caffeine slows down your growth hormones.
    I have also heard that Caffeine is good for your skin and that coffee may have an insulin-regulating effect

    However, like anything else, you can go overboard, so drink up in moderation and enjoy your coffee!
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  • Profile picture of the author Amanda Craven
    I love coffee and the thing I love most about it is the aroma...oh, and the ritual of making it in a cafetiere (French press) every morning...

    Could never give it up entirely and I, too, believe in everything in moderation. It's what my Mum told me and that's good enough for me! Besides, coffee grounds are great used as a skin scrub and apparently work against the dreaded cellulite. I say apparently because I'm far too busy drinking it to slap it against my thighs but you could always give it a go and tell me if it works...
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  • Profile picture of the author stephan231
    I read some articles in newspapaer about the many benefit coffee has, but still i don't think you can be very sure who is correct!
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    I think its like anything you shouldn't have too much,but its ok in moderation.
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  • Profile picture of the author cainsproducts
    I agree with the moderation factor. Coffee enemas are supposed to be really good for you though if you dont mind putting coffee up you instead of down you :/
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  • Profile picture of the author eshopgeek
    It really depends on how much you consume. One cup a day is not going to cause any trouble. But if you start drinking more like say a few cups a day, you will begin to have trouble. Its like anything else, a little if fine, but a lot is poison.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicklas12
    I could not stand up in the morning if it wasnt for coffee so Its good for me :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Vikram73
    I've had a pretty bad coffee addiction. I've switched to green tea and it's worked very well for me. Yerba mate is also good.

    The information on coffee is very contradictory. I read the research carefully and concluded it was probably ok with some health benefits.

    The studies that say it's bad for you don't take other factors into account (like the person's diet is crap and even without coffee they'd still have all these problems).

    But I eventually gave up coffee because it was messing with my ability to get a deep and restful sleep at night.

    It was also rough on my stomach at times (I did drink a lot).
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  • Profile picture of the author Katharin
    Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

    I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

    So which is correct? What are the pros and cons of drinking coffee? I'm a coffee lover, so I hope it's a healthy drink.
    As with many things in life, I think it's a matter of moderation how much of something you have. When a cup or two may be beneficial or at least not harmful, that doesn't mean that two POTS would have benefits. Just like dark chocolate... health benefits for a little bit at a time but NOT good to sit down and eat a few bars of it in one sitting.

    As a side note, when I needed to stop drinking coffee, my blood pressure and pulse rate reduced considerably... so my own benefits came in quitting caffeine. I now drink it once in a while, but very rarely and never more than a cup at a time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brian Douglas
      Hi Michael,

      I don´t drink a lot of coffee because after a couple of cups, it gives me the shakes and makes me nauseous. I know if doesn´t have that effect on everybody, but for me, it´s not good to drink too much.

      On the other hand, my wife suffers with asthma and if she has an attack which isn´t improved by using her inhaler, she drinks very strong, black coffee until she can get treatment, which makes her feel a lot better. Apparently, it´s something to do with the caffeine. Coke also has a similar effect - the drink, not the drug!

      So, in answer to your question as to whether coffee is good or bad for you, I guess it depends on,

      a) the individual
      b) how much of the stuff you actually drink

      Like others have said, if it´s in moderation, I guess it can´t be too bad for you.

      Just my opinion.

      All the best,

      Brian
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  • Profile picture of the author dreamhobbiz
    Doesn't matter to me, all I know is that i need at least 2 cups a day....
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  • Profile picture of the author Juris
    A good quote that comes to mind: "Get rid of dependencies and listen more to your voice and less to others. Cultivate new skills" - from the book 50th Law Of Power

    I used to drink coffee occasionally, but I said fck it a long time ago the same way I did with smoking and alcohol.
    Now I drink water a lot and regularly and I have so much energy that it keeps me going all day everyday!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kysersoze
    Coffee in moderate amounts is good for you, studies have proven it. Remember in moderation, excess coffee drinking can be extremely harmful and addicting. My last boss and to a good friend cannot start their day without coffee. If they do not drink coffee they get cranky and even a migraine.
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  • Profile picture of the author tj0575
    Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

    So which is correct? What are the pros and cons of drinking coffee? I'm a coffee lover, so I hope it's a healthy drink.

    Thanks,
    Michael
    This debate has been going on for a long time..The caffeine is supposed to be good for your metabolism, and preventing alzheimer's. On the other hand it says it also stunts your growth, on the other hand it says it helps keep your brain activity up etc....this is a back and forth debate all the time.
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    • Profile picture of the author parzlou
      I was drinking as many as 6 or 8 cups of coffee a day... I was a truck driver for 27 years and when I wasn't driving I was online all night and day trying to figure out his whole MMO gig.

      I now drink maybe one or two cups a week and that is only decaf. The caffeine started giving me the shakes so I had to give it up.

      I didn't think I could but after kicking a 2 or 3 pack a day smoking habit 3 years ago I had no trouble giving up the caffeine


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  • Profile picture of the author Pattaya
    well i drink nescafe protect for the claimed antioxidants, i love my morning coffee.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pisaka
    I've heard that coffee makes no harm if you drink it wisely! 1-2 cups of good coffee a day won't break your organism. At least if your like something that means your organism needs it!
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  • Profile picture of the author megalinktraffic
    coffee makes one more active than you are its refreshing drink and off late it was informed that it can do good to ones health..
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    Like all foods, all plants, tobacco, weed, you name it, God made coffee.
    If we live in Balance, moderate in our intake of any food or substance, we have the best chance of not incurring disease through overuse, or deficiency, of anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author Suzanne7557
    I choose to believe in moderation ok. It can however cause dehydration due to the caffeine so you need to drink an extra cup of water for every cup of coffee you drink. I love my mocha's. But at times it seems to give me a headache. I'm sensitive to gluten and just heard that coffee contains gluten? It was on Dr. Oz. I've had dandylion tea, it tastes comparable to coffee and is more herbal. I also once had gano derm, I think that was the name? It comes from a mushroom and is touted as a healthy coffee alternative. It was so good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Ho
    Personally I'd stay away from coffee.. many people I know can't function without coffee in the morning.. sounds like a borderline drug addiction to me.. It's never good when you rely on a specific substance just to function.
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  • Profile picture of the author alanaj
    I don't drink coffee and to be honest I never will. Caffeine is not good for the body. I know far too many who can't make it through the day without coffee and I don't agree with that. Your body shouldn't have to rely on something in such an intense way that you yourself cannot function properly, effectively, naturally or normally without it.
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  • Profile picture of the author mayapearl
    There are so many things worse than coffee, just make sure you drink the "real" coffee not the instant rubbish that passes for coffee.
    I grind the beans [organic and fairtrade] and brew it in a plunger, bliss!

    "Coffee is Viagra for the brain"
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  • Profile picture of the author jamescoa
    I like the taste of coffee, but every time I drink it, I get sick. My stomach couldn't accept it and my heart keep beat faster.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Patterson
    Coffee is one of the great joys in life....mess with my coffee and I'd have to kill you. ;>)
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  • Profile picture of the author sadekjake
    I don't know about the health facts, but what I can tell is that its extremely addictive. Throughout the last few years, I have grown extremely addicted and now I can't sleep at night Also, coffee is largely responsible for me getting into the IM niche. I stayed up late nights, and browsed a lot as I had nothing better to do. Slowly, I realized people have been making a lot of money on the internet, and decided to try my part in the field. Now I am making a lot of money, but still, I miss a regular life.
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  • Profile picture of the author slk
    If you love coffee drink it. There are good and bad effects to everything we eat or drink. We are all different and wired up differently so if you love coffee why give up something you love!
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  • Profile picture of the author garraye34
    Those days in college we drank coffee to stay awake at night, since we were not into medicine, we never knew the health implication of taking excess coffee.But on the whole ,too much of everything is bad
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  • Profile picture of the author RenyZ
    Originally Posted by Michael Lee View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've been hearing some health gurus say that coffee is garbage and does nothing good. But other health gurus say that it's rich in antioxidants and good for your body.

    So which is correct? What are the pros and cons of drinking coffee? I'm a coffee lover, so I hope it's a healthy drink.

    Thanks,
    Michael
    Hello Michael,

    I am new to this forum & this is my 1st post.

    A client of mine was a coffee baron, and I always made friends with the owners of restaurants or chefs of places I dined, even during traveling. I would pick their brains for tips, tricks & avoids regarding food, alcoholic drinks & coffee.

    They all pretty much said the same thing. Coffee is healthiest when the bean is freshly ground and used then and there. Not to mention having the right temperature of water to filter thru the ground coffee. Never drink coffee that has been sitting on the burner for more than 10 min. (that's why you see some coffee houses using those thermoses) and the way to see if you have a healthy cup of coffee is to look for the coffee oil (tiny blobs), floating at the top.
    It's those oils that have the health benefits. Coffee that has been sitting on the burner is rot gut. Yep, it will hurt your tummy & or intestines. Maybe that is why millions of ppl have IBS, Acid Reflux, et., bcos the types of dried out coffee beans they are drinking at work all day or instant kind, which is actually harmful in the long run. Google search: coffee & IBS

    But, freshly ground oily fresh beans, brewed & drank right away ie: expresso method, is actually very healthy for you. You can brew regular coffee in a stove top expresso pot. The Italian connoisseurs will probably freak out, but hey, regular coffee done that way is just fine. Just remember to pack it down & use a strong blend.

    Oh, btw: If you do go out of your way to buy nice fresh oily beans (cost more & taste amazing) keep in mind, if you use a coffee filter of any kind, those healthy oils will not make it into your cup. Hence the stove top expresso pot or the French Press or the Turkish method. Also, those oils dry up pretty quick so it's best to grind as you use.
    Trust me.....it's a pain, but sooooo worth it!
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  • Profile picture of the author stealth_warrior
    coffee is good for body, but too much coffee is bad for body.

    personally, i don't drink coffee because people said coffee can make you addicted with it and hard to stop drinking it everyday.
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    • Profile picture of the author JDArchitecture
      Who knows. Frankly, I don't care, I love coffee.


      I do know this, coffee is really good for the people around me!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sean Fry
    If you want to REALLY know definitively whether or not coffee is actually good or bad for you based on boatloads of science, read a book called "Caffeine Blues" by Stephen Cherniske.

    (Hint: It's worse than most of you realize. Way worse.)
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by snowtiger View Post

      If you want to REALLY know definitively whether or not coffee is actually good or bad for you based on boatloads of science, read a book called "Caffeine Blues" by Stephen Cherniske.

      (Hint: It's worse than most of you realize. Way worse.)
      I don't think there's anything definitive about the health benefits/implications of coffee. If even medical professionals can't agree on whether coffee is bad or not, then it'd be impossible to conclude definitively one way or the other.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tallguy83
    Coffee is bad.Because you get addicted.And you feel down without it.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrMatts
    coffee is the read deal there is so much worse garbage you can drink. You live only once And I am certainly not going to live like a health guru monk and eat bambu root all day just because some over paid guru says its bad.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dejan_bg
      I don't drink coffee regularly... only when I need to stay awake... like right now I just had a large cup and my heart is beating like a jungle drum
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      • Profile picture of the author paulie888
        Originally Posted by Dejan_bg View Post

        I don’t drink coffee regularly… only when I need to stay awake… like right now I just had a large cup and my heart is beating like a jungle drum
        I think coffee has to be judged on an individual basis, because some people (like you) tend to have an adverse reaction to it, i.e. you get jumpy, irritable, your pulse is racing, etc. Not everyone reacts this way to coffee though.

        I suffer from no such symptoms, and it really helps me to get clear and focused on whatever I'm doing. Of course, anything taken in large quantities isn't good for you, so I'm not advocating that anyone goes out there and start drinking 6 cups of coffee a day.

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        • Profile picture of the author Karthik Reddy
          Simple answer but this should be accurate:

          Coffee basically is acid entering our body,for those of us who are into the ph level thingy, coffee is harmful as it raises the acid levels in our body.

          Drinking a cup a day as alright, but, as we get older into our 30's it is better to stop drinking coffee as we tend to gain weight (yes, acids in our body make us gain weight).
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          • Profile picture of the author paulie888
            Originally Posted by Karthik Reddy View Post

            Simple answer but this should be accurate:

            Coffee basically is acid entering our body,for those of us who are into the ph level thingy, coffee is harmful as it raises the acid levels in our body.

            Drinking a cup a day as alright, but, as we get older into our 30's it is better to stop drinking coffee as we tend to gain weight (yes, acids in our body make us gain weight).
            If you're that worried about the acidity of coffee, then start drinking lattes instead of black coffee - just add milk to your coffee if you're that concerned about it (use skim or low-fat milk if you're concerned about gaining weight!)
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  • Profile picture of the author andrea_vk
    I heard that 1 coffee a day was good, and usually drinking it at lunch time.
    But I do believe can be good or bad, It all depends on the person also.
    So Moderation is the key.

    I drink lots of coffee, but coffee does not affect my sleep at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    I feel 1 cup a day is fine. Anything beyond might be a little much caffeine...at least it is for me.

    The idea is not to use coffee exclusively to keep you going. It's one thing to like the flavor but I feel many skip sleep and use it as a stimulant. This is a no-no.

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  • Profile picture of the author sarapark1
    For me I can't stand the taste of coffee however i'll splurge once and awhile and drink an energy drink when I am really desperate for caffeine. I hear though that energy drinks can be just as bad. I think that the key word is moderation. I use caffiene only in desperate situations.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by sarapark1 View Post

      For me I can't stand the taste of coffee however i'll splurge once and awhile and drink an energy drink when I am really desperate for caffeine. I hear though that energy drinks can be just as bad. I think that the key word is moderation. I use caffiene only in desperate situations.
      Sarah, unfortunately in most cases energy drinks are probably much worse than coffee. Firstly, they're really loaded with sugar (I tend to mostly drink my coffee black, so I don't put any sugar in it) and they also have other stimulants/additives that aren't good for you, chief of which is Taurine (found in Red Bull and just about every mainstream energy drink). I don't want to go into a long discourse about it, but if you google it, you'll find a host of research pointing to its detrimental effects on the kidney.

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  • Profile picture of the author kianhowe
    1 cup a day in the morning. Drink anymore and I would lose sleep.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarah Bosen
    Coffee really isn't that good for you since it leaves you dehydrated, causes headaches, stains your teeth and rots them depending on how much sugar you use.
    A rule of thumb is that 8 ounces, or one small cup, of coffee in one day is perfectly fine and will still give you all the benefits, such as the antioxidants.
    A healthier alternative is tea.
    But I know what you mean, I love the flavor of coffee. Don't drink it for the caffeine, just the taste and when I crave it I can't think about anything until I taste that sweet coffee!
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    • Profile picture of the author Oggyoi
      I drink too much coffee and always have it strong too.

      I also have a weakness for the big size Mocha Coffees at Cafe Nero; an ideal way to spend an hour on a Sunday, sat reading the Sunday newspapers over a couple of those...
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by Sarah Bosen View Post

      Coffee really isn't that good for you since it leaves you dehydrated, causes headaches, stains your teeth and rots them depending on how much sugar you use.
      A rule of thumb is that 8 ounces, or one small cup, of coffee in one day is perfectly fine and will still give you all the benefits, such as the antioxidants.
      A healthier alternative is tea.
      But I know what you mean, I love the flavor of coffee. Don't drink it for the caffeine, just the taste and when I crave it I can't think about anything until I taste that sweet coffee!
      Well, with coffee or tea, you should always make it a rule to drink a glass of plain water for each cup that you drink, and this will combat the dehydration. This is probably what causes the headaches as well.

      Thankfully, I love to drink my coffee black, so I don't have any worries about rotting teeth and calories! I have learned over the years to drink all my beverages without sugar, and this includes tea as well, and this cuts out a lot of unnecessary calories. I'd avoid all artificial and natural sweeteners if possible, and just by learning to do this, you end up making your beverages so much healthier!

      Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author maidmarion
    This is a very popular topic! Apparantly, coffee would never have been bought to the west, had we known how addictive it was!

    I asked a naturapath about having a coffee everyday. His suggestion was, it was okay, but once a week your body needs a break from the habit.

    Coffee is definately a crutch for the mind, but its still nice! I found out that my blood type A+, actually benefits from moderate coffee and green tea. Perhaps it is not for all blood types though!

    I feel better that its good for my blood type! If we feel something is good for us, it is good, if we feel we are taking something which isn't good for us, its not good for us.
    Its all in the way we think!
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  • Profile picture of the author justaskbigjohn
    Ha!.. I hear ya man me too and I mix mine with Dark Cocoa to get both the antioxidants and flavor I love.
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  • Profile picture of the author intelmarksetting
    Coffee reduces the risks of liver cancer, Parkinson's plus heart disease, but simultaneously it will erode your calcium in case you drink in excess. Fortunately for you but sadly for me, it is the women at higher risk for calcium loss in that event.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fred1
    I'm more of a tea & pop/soda drinker, and my doctor warned me about drinking too much caffeine. I actually got really sick years ago from drinking too much caffeine.

    Like many have already said, moderation is probably the answer to this.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by Fred1 View Post

      I'm more of a tea & pop/soda drinker, and my doctor warned me about drinking too much caffeine. I actually got really sick years ago from drinking too much caffeine.

      Like many have already said, moderation is probably the answer to this.
      Fred, I think caffeine is one of those things that can have vastly different effects on different people.

      I'd also caution against drinking too much soda (I seldom ever drink it myself), because that is even worse for you than either tea or coffee. You are either ingesting huge amounts of high fructose corn syrup, which is really bad for you in so many ways, or artificial sweeteners (in the case of diet soda) which has its own list of detrimental effects (google "aspartame side effects" to see what I mean).
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  • Profile picture of the author Elion Makkink
    Originally Posted by honestbizpro View Post

    I have found the most important word in life is MODERATION.
    Excellent way of putting it.

    Start your day with 2 glasses of water, and then 1 every hour. Only drink coffee 2-3 times a day would be my advice.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by Frank Abagnale View Post

      Excellent way of putting it.

      Start your day with 2 glasses of water, and then 1 every hour. Only drink coffee 2-3 times a day would be my advice.
      I totally agree. Moderation is key for just about everything, except maybe water. You'd probably get sick of water before drinking too much of it - it's very vital for the human body, as it's composed of anywhere from 55% to 78% water, depending on body size.
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  • Profile picture of the author megalinktraffic
    Yes coffee is the best drink and i too love it in the right combination..
    I want to tell you all a secret! anyone who drinks coffee must drink a cup
    of water before, this is good for your health..
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  • Profile picture of the author iamcarlie
    Coffee has its good and bad effects. The key is moderation. Always remember that anything too much is always bad for our health.
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  • Profile picture of the author warrior rakib
    both tea and coffee have medicinal value. though i sometimes myself have tea but i am fond of coffee. and it is to be remembered that anything excess is bad.
    thank you
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    • Profile picture of the author YseUp
      I haven't read the whole thread, but in case someone hasn't mentioned it yet.

      Caffeine is nature's pesticide:Caffeine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      "Caffeine is found in varying quantities in the beans, leaves, and fruit of some plants, where it acts as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kills certain insects feeding on the plants".

      Think about it.
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      • Profile picture of the author ladywriter
        Originally Posted by YseUp View Post

        Caffeine is nature's pesticide:
        "Caffeine is found in varying quantities in the beans, leaves, and fruit of some plants, where it acts as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kills certain insects feeding on the plants".

        Think about it.
        Exactly what I was going to say.

        I drank coffee regularly for at least 5 years (1-2 cups a day)....all of a sudden started having palpitations and other symptoms. Got tested for everything, one day I had to fast before blood work and thought 'gee, I feel a little better this morning'. After the blood test, got a coffee and felt like I was having a heart attack. Looked it up, seems that it's possible to develop an intolerance for caffeine. My doctor looked at me funny when I said it but stopped coffee, symptoms gone.

        I would certainly look up caffeine allergy/caffeine intolerance. Like I said, I'd been drinking it for years with no problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daonlydude
    I'm no expert on coffee (I don't drink it myself) but from what I've been able to gather, the "energy" created by coffee is "fake".

    "Fake" in the sense that your body uses 4 times as much REAL energy on getting rid of the waste from the "energy" you got from the coffee.
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  • Profile picture of the author HaydenR
    Everything in moderation and you'll be fine.. coffee is the same..
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  • Profile picture of the author Affiguy
    for me, taken in moderation, it is ok. I adore latte))) and would kill a cup right away).

    I like brewed coffee and hate instant one.
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  • Profile picture of the author magman01
    Here's another good time to test. I can take coffee or leave it. And for some reason even if I drink coffee for a while and then stop, I have no withdrawal effect.
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