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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Is Folger's in your cup?  Really?  How many of you are old enough to remember that jingle from a television commercial for Folger's coffee years ago?  That's back during the days when a morning cup of coffee most probably meant dropping a tablespoon of instant coffee into a cup of hot water.  But these days?  Oh, perish the thought!  Everybody's got their own exotic coffee makers and brands of coffee to go with it.  That, or they're stopping by Starbuck's for an expensive cup of java, compared to what we paid for coffee in the "old days."  (Remember when a cup of coffee was only a DIME?  LOL.)  But let's face it, coffee is as much a part of our mornings, and for some people all-day routines than ever before.  Is that a bad thing, drinking that much coffee?  Well, it all depends.

New evidence associates some health benefits with drinking coffee.
New evidence actually associates some health benefits with drinking coffee.  (That's something we wouldn't have thought when we were waking up all those years ago.)  But it's true.  One of the things now associated with having a morning cup of coffee is that it reduces the risk of early death.  Now that sounds like a good reason for having coffee after waking up!  Truth is, we're learning more about the health benefits of coffee all the time.
Coffee comes from the seeds (or beans) of cherries that grow on the coffee tree.  When you pour hot water over dried, roasted, ground coffee beans, you get the savory brew so many of us drink daily.  54% of Americans ages 18 and older admit to having at least one cup of coffee daily.  Turns out those beans aren't just tasty, though.  They have small amounts of magnesium, potassium, and niacin.  They also contain, of course, caffeine, which can reduce fatigue while improving alertness and concentration.  Plus...they're loaded with potent polyphenols, which contain antioxidant properties that help prevent damage to your body's cells.  It's also believed that the combination of compounds found in coffee may actually delay the absorption of blood sugar.  That helps your body's cells draw sugar from the blood, increases your metabolic rate and helps blood vessels contract and relax.
For some people, drinking too much caffeinated coffee may lead to insomnia, nervousness, heart palpitations or a case of the jitters.
Still, drinking too much coffee is not without its risks.  The health benefits of coffee-drinking are associated with consuming one or up to five cups a day.  By the way, it doesn't matter if the coffee you're drinking contains caffeine or not.  But for some people, drinking too much caffeinated coffee may lead to insomnia, nervousness, heart palpitations or a case of the jitters.  Drinking coffee later in the day can have an adverse affect on your getting a good night's sleep.  Too much caffeine may also elevate your blood pressure.  However, the negative effects of caffeine go away when you stop consuming it.
Here's the bottom line.  The biggest risks of drinking too much coffee comes from the things you add to it.  Cream, sugar or a sugary-sweet syrup, that's where the trouble begins.  They add saturated fat and empty calories to your cup of Joe.  So, do be careful about what you add to your coffee.  Keep your coffee-drinking habit in check, too.  Stick to no more than five cups per day to keep how much coffee you drink daily at a safe level.  As with all things in life, enjoy your moderation.  By the way, when it comes to the best part of waking up, in addition to that cup of coffee, be sure to have a healthy breakfast every morning, too.
Hey, man and woman cannot live by coffee alone, no matter how good it tastes in your cup!