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Coffee questions
Do you think there is something wrong with becoming a regular coffee drinker? Would it be a violation of some sort of moral code? Are there some negative side effects I should be aware of? It is sorely tempting...

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sisyphus238 From: sisyphus238 Date: October 30th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's nothing wrong with being a regular coffee drinker as long as you don't go overboard. You're not a Mormon are you? They're not allowed to drink coffee because it's a stimulant and they don't like stimulation. I have one cup a day, sometimes more but not often.
What's most important is that it be properly brewed. Not every coffee shop knows how to do this although I suspect that you don't have many coffee shops where you are which means you'll be brewing it yourself. May sure the water is just shy of boiling when you pour it and always start with really cold water.
raist_ From: raist_ Date: October 30th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
As a coffee drinker.... just be careful to not go overboard on the coffee ingested. It's really easy to OD on the caffeine if you don't watch yourself.
irish_n_sac From: irish_n_sac Date: October 30th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gawd I hope not... I do about 2-3 cups when I'm working. and I drank allot when I was in High school and collage.. Never had any medical problems, and I'm the tallest one in my family so nothing there..:o)
But if you go over board I would agree there might be some kind of side effects..but here is some good news to..
trevorfrost From: trevorfrost Date: October 30th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

This seems to be the most balanced take on Coffee and your health that I could find, most others I found were attached to pro coffee sites that are obviously slanted to make coffee sound as if it were gods gift.

Like anything in life moderation is key. Even if coffee isn't neccesarily bad for you in moderation. But thats pretty much goes for anything humans eat or drink.
d2leddy From: d2leddy Date: October 30th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I drink 90,000 cups of coffee a day. Can't find anything wrong that. And as per trevorfrost, everything in moderation. But I'd like to add that everything should be taken in moderation, including the principle of moderation itself.

As for side-effects, I recall a doctor telling me that coffee was fine until you approach 9 cups a day, give or take a cup. At that point, coffee's acidity can cause some digestive problems.

A recent study out of the University of CA claims that Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than anything else they ingest. I've also read information that indicates the study was funded and the evidence construed by the coffee industry interests to get Americans to increase coffee consumption. So, I won't bother to provide a link.

People tend tos core several points higher on IQ tests after drinking coffee--this is thought to be a result of caffeine. A caffeine addict can break the addiction in two to three days by, of course, abstinence. There are withdrawl symptoms that mimic a flu infection, beginning with a nasty headache. Prepare to be miserable for a few days.
ellixis From: ellixis Date: October 31st, 2006 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
A caffeine addict can break the addiction in two to three days by, of course, abstinence.

From personal experience, this is not necessarily true. I've made a few attempts to kick the habit and failed spectacularly each time, partly from physical cravings and withdrawal and partly from psychological cravings. Last time I tried, I lasted a week before crawling back to it. Heh.

@Zimzat: A couple of cups of coffee a day is probably fine for you, though. If you drink caffienated sodas, you're probably already addicted to it, though the dose in coffee is higher.

I started drinking coffee for social reasons; to me, it was part of "being an adult," so I started asking for it and getting used to the taste in my early teens. I like the taste now, but it was an active effort to learn to like it.
d2leddy From: d2leddy Date: October 30th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Swiped from dirigibles: How many would it take?

badwolfatl From: badwolfatl Date: October 30th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
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