How Innocent is the Coffee we Drink?

To drink a coffee or not to drink? Shall I drink one more? Seeking information about coffee and caffeine, we found out that various surveys reveal many contradictory elements.

First with the unexpected news … We Greeks are NOT the champions of coffee! Finland is the world champion with an annual consumption of 12 kg/person, followed by Norway with 9,9 kg. In Greece, coffee consumption is estimated at 5,5 kg/person annually. By the way, do Finns drink coffee all the time?

Let’s get serious now. Having conflicting scientific evidence in our hands – from studies or scientists who claim that caffeine is good for us, to evidence suggesting quite the opposite – we’ll tell you what we humbly believe is really true, after having studied too much data.

It’s a fact that, the more we read on the matter, the more we found convincing, detailed and revealing researches which show that caffeine is not good for our health.  So, let us see some of the effects of caffeine in our body, because maybe it’s time to cut it down:

Low caffeine intake (one coffee a day), usually does not cause problems to our health, provided that we follow a healthy lifestyle (eating right, exercising, etc.).

Many doctors recommend to pregnant women not to consume caffeine.

Breastfeeding women should be aware that caffeine passes in their milk, which can cause nervousness and sleep disturbances to the baby.

Caffeine significantly increases stress in people with anxiety disorders and to those who suffer from panic attacks.

Caffeine weakens the effect of certain drugs. In any case, we consult our doctor.

For many people, a coffee after a meal, is considered to help digestion. However, researches show it causes exactly the opposite result (depending on the organism of the individual).

Caffeine is very addictive. Abrupt discontinuation may result in withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, drowsiness, headache and irritability.

Decaffeinated does not mean caffeine free! Research at the University of Florida examined 10 different types of coffee without caffeine and found that all but one contained caffeine in an amount of 8,6 mg to 13,9 mg. A glass of regular coffee contains 95-200mg of caffeine. Some companies are not playing fair L

According to a study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, it takes only 30-60 minutes for caffeine levels to peak in the blood, while its first effects make their appearance in the first 10 minutes after consumption.  The human body eliminates half of the substance within 3-5 hours, but the remainder continues to act for 8 to 14 hours! That’s why experts recommend abstaining from caffeinated beverages for at least 8 hours before bedtime, especially for those who have sleeping difficulties.

Caffeine cannot sober us up, since it does not neutralize the alcohol circulating in our body.  Therefore, someone who, after drinking alcohol, drinks a cup of coffee thinking that this can make him drive safely, is making a very big mistake.

With these data, some of us have decided to drink healthy juices and water so as to be sure, while some others …will continue to drink coffee no matter what.

As said before, drink healthy juices and water just to be sure … it’s good for you!

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