Coffee, java, joe, mud, rocket fuel. No matter what you call it, some people can’t live without their coffee.

Coffee Fact: The world drinks 2.25 BILLION cups of coffee a day...  how many do you drink?Besides the distinct aroma, what makes people crave that cup of coffee?

Chances are it isn't the taste alone, but more so the jolt of caffeine that keeps coffee ‘fiends’ coming back for more.

The world consumes 2.25 billion cups of coffee a day . Finland is the top drinker, while the U.S. is the largest purchaser, and Japan charges the highest price per cup. Think of how much money and how much coffee that is and you’ll quickly realize – it’s a staggering amount. What’s even more amazing is that in those 2.25 billion cups of coffee is a drug that legally addicts you to wanting, even needing more – caffeine (1).

Many of us view caffeine as some mystery substance that’s simply a part of coffee, soft drinks, energy drinks, etc. It is hardly ever referred to as a drug – more like an ingredient.

Caffeine actually blocks the adenosine receptors (chemical messengers) that signal the brain and body to mellow. It also sensitizes the nerves and causes mental stimulation (2). These effects can be very positive, but they can also be rough on the body too. Caffeine alone has issues but coffee does also, just not as intense. As with any substance, there is the possibility of positive and negative effects that must be considered.

Caffeine: The Good, Bad and Ugly?

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Possible negative effects of TOO much caffeine

  • Insomnia
  • high blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Medication contraindications: Cipro, Thyroid medications, Tagamet, Psychotic medications, Anti-depressants

Positive effects of caffeine

  • Mental stimulation
  • Alertness
  • Increases energy
  • Lowers risk of suicide
  • Lowers risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia

Coffee: The Good, Better and BEST reasons to drink it! (Regular, not decaf or specialty)

It must be noted that other than the medication contraindications, coffee and caffeine only show negative effects when consumed in excess(Author's Note: I've never had TOO much!

Possible negative effects of Coffee

  • NONE! Are you crazy?

Positive effects of Coffee

  • 8 times less likely to get Parkinson’s disease
  • Suicide rate is 45% less than non-coffee drinkers
  • Oral cancer risk lowered
  • Lowers stroke in older women by 20-25%
  • Protects against uterine, colon, prostate and liver cancer (3)

Most people do not exceed the recommended caffeine amount, which is no more than 400mg a day (4). This is the equivalent of about four 8 oz. cups of coffee a day. This figure is representative of regularly brewed regular coffee and does not include specialty coffees or decaffeinated coffee.

Most of the excess and problems come from specialty coffees – lattes, espresso, iced coffee, and the other concoctions that have popped up and become daily drinks. Espresso is like a caffeine bomb – it varies from venue-to-venue, but packs a seriously caffeinated punch. The other specialty drinks are very sweet and can be a whopping 500 calories per serving (more than a Big Mac!)

As for your regular cup of coffee, it is actually a relatively healthy way to kick-start your day – so go ahead and grab a cup, enjoying in moderation.

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65 Terms for the “Black Gold” which we refer to as Coffee…

…which one is your favorite?

  1. 65 synonyms for black gold aka COFFEE A Cup of Juan Valdez's Best
  2. Americano
  3. Arbuckles: (Cowboy Coffee! Learn more about it.)
  4. Battery Acid
  5. Bean Juice
  6. Bitter Juice
  7. Black Ichor Of Life
  8. Black Tea
  9. Brain Juice
  10. Brew
  11. Brewtus
  12. Bullet Proof Coffee
  13. C8H10N4O2 (The molecular formula for caffeine)
  14. Café
  15. Caffeine Fix
  16. Caffeine Infusion
  17. Caffeine
  18. Cup of Brew
  19. Cup of Joe
  20. Cup of Jolt
  21. Cuppa
  22. Cupped Lightning
  23. Daily Grind
  24. Day-Starter
  25. Decaf
  26. Dirt
  27. Drip (i.e. like a “Venti Drip”)
  28. Five basic grades: Coffee, Java, Jamoke, Joe and Carbon Remover (author Robert A. Heinlein, Glory Road)
  29. Go Juice
  30. God's Blessing: Irish Coffee (Author Spider Robinson, Callahan's Cross time Saloon and sequels)
  31. High Octane
  32. Jamoke (Java + Mocha)
  33. Java
  34. Jet Fuel
  35. Jitter Juice
  36. Jo
  37. Joe
  38. Kaffe (Swedish)
  39. Kape (Manila)
  40. Leaded
  41. Lifeblood
  42. Liquid Energy
  43. Liquid Lightning
  44. Misto: (A Starbuck's Misto is a café au lait – otherwise known as un crème in Paris, France.)
  45. Mocha
  46. Mojo
  47. Morning Jolt
  48. Morning Mud
  49. Morning Thunder
  50. Mother’s Little Helper
  51. Mud
  52. Muddy Water
  53. Murk
  54. My Daily Energy
  55. One's Daily Infusion
  56. Perky
  57. Plasma
  58. Rocket Fuel
  59. Rocket Fuel (strong coffee)
  60. Tar
  61. The Fix
  62. Unleaded
  63. Wakey Juice
  64. Warmer Upper
  65. Worm Dirt (really strong coffee)[/toggle]
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