Coffee: The Pros and Cons of an American Obsession


Americans are obsessed with caffeine products especially, coffee. According to the National Institute of Health, about 85% of people in the USA drink caffeine on a daily basis. This include both adults and younger children through sodas. The number keeps rising yearly.

Coffee is one of the most caffeinated drink known so, it’s the people’s go-to whenever they want a dose of caffeine. The United States is one of the leading consumer of coffee in the entire world. The population drinks about 400 million cups of coffee per day. That’s more than $40 billion that the country is spending on importing coffee per year.

In 2012, The Food and Drug Administration had set on investigating this obsession and how it was affecting us. It was their first step after realizing that the country was undergoing a coffee crisis. Through the investigation, they found both good news and bad news.

Pros

Despite all these negative consequences, everybody does not have to give up their Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts cards instantly. The good news is that coffee has plenty of benefits on people’s health. The most widely known and most obvious benefit of coffee is its ability to enhance physical and cognitive performance.

Coffee drinkers become more energized after their first cup. They can think and act more quickly. The increased in energy also lead to an improved mood and reduced depression.

There’s quite a large quantity of less known benefits of coffee, though. The most important benefit is giving the human body protection against a chronic state of inflammation that happens with aging. This is the basis of many of the health-related benefits of coffee.

Inflammation is one of the factors in people getting chronic diseases as they age. The more coffee cups a person drink in his lifetime, the lower is his levels of activity in the inflammatory gene pathway. This protect people from developing diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and heart problems when they get in their older years. Lower inflammation level and regulation of insulation – provided by coffee – can also lower the risk of prostate cancer.

Studies have shown that coffee drinks have a lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Both of these diseases are more common among older people. Neither of these two diseases curable or have a high survival rate.

Coffee is an excellent source of antioxidants which protect the body from damage caused by free radicals and fight off diseases. Its high caffeine content also give it the ability to boost the metabolic rate. A faster metabolism makes it easier for people to lose weight.

For people who enjoying drinking and eventually damage their liver, coffee might be the answer. Two cups of coffee a day may help to reverse liver damage from drinking. The dosage can also help with erectile dysfunction.

Coffee is neither the enemy nor a friendly product. It can cause harm because of its addictive nature. It also contains toxins and other chemicals that dehydrate the skin. It interacts with pills and its effects become more drastic as people get older.

It also provide a large amount of energy that many people find necessary to finish certain tasks. Its ability to reduce levels of inflammation in the body is beneficial against many diseases including incurable ones like Alzheimer’s. It’s also an excellent metabolism booster. Limiting coffee consumption to just two cups a day might be able to give the best of both worlds.

Consequently, whether people choose to pick that cup of coffee is a personal chose. Like all things in life it comes with its pros and cons. It’s always best to consult with a health care provider to find out how someone personal consumption of caffeine is affecting their health.

Cons

First, the bad news has a long list. Drinking coffee does not help with the aging process. In fact, it may be accelerating it. Coffee lowers the production of Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHE). DHE is a steroid hormone that protects against physical and physiological effects of aging.

It also makes people excrete fluid, and deplete the body of moisture. It’s slowly dehydrating the body. A dehydrated body becomes crippled and appear older than the person truly is. Therefore, it is necessary to drink a glass of water after every cup of coffee to wash away the acid. Sugar-free gum can also be used, though, because it reduces discoloration and boost saliva production to help preserve the teeth.

Coffee and other caffeinated drinks have high acidity level which is hard on the teeth. It can create small pores on the surface of the enamel that will eventually cause erosion.

If under medication, it’s best to skip that cup of coffee. It can interacts with many pharmaceutical medications like antidepressants and cause unforeseen side effects. Different drugs interact differently with coffee. Coffee may inhibit the effects of some while it increases the effects of others.

It also negatively affect pregnant women. Consumption of coffee while pregnant may cause deformities or other disorders in unborn babies. In some rare cases, consumption of coffee may be tied to stillborn babies.

Busy people use coffee to stay awake and work long hours. However, the consequences worsen as people get older. While young, the effect of coffee is minimal in the system. Younger people metabolize caffeine quickly.

It takes longer to dissipate in an older person’s system so the effects last longer. A cup of coffee in the morning can keep the person awake at night. It becomes a burden by keeping the person awake longer than desired. This can eventually lead to insomnia.

Coffee and any other caffeinated products are seen as drugs to the Food and Drug Administration. That’s because they are extremely addictive. People need more and more coffee to feel the boost of energy that they want.

It’s also difficult to quit it. People who have tried going cold turkey have experienced withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, sweating, and heavy fatigue. It’s safer to quit coffee by drink less and less over a period of time.