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FUNSTYLE Posts: 180
1/17/12 1:31 P

Coffee is an nutrient like drug or adaptogen according to biologist Ray Peat:
http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/caf
feine.shtml

RITAROSE SparkPoints: (115,554)
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1/17/12 8:26 A

The first cup of coffee is one of the highlights in my day! I sure hope someone's not going to take it away by telling me it's bad for me!

JOABEHR SparkPoints: (26,870)
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1/17/12 8:17 A

No, All things in moderation. Coffee has its benefits.

CIRANDELLA SparkPoints: (59,534)
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1/17/12 8:15 A

No, it's got antioxidants in it, and it lessens the chance for Alzheimer's...also, less depression.

ANGELFISH10441 SparkPoints: (257)
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1/17/12 7:30 A

Like anything else moderation is the key. I enjoy my coffee in the am then water for the rest of the day.

JELLYKNEES SparkPoints: (10,287)
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1/17/12 5:37 A

I have a cup of coffee next to me 16 hours a day (about 20-24 oz total). It's something I can't imagine functioning without. Luckily I can have my last sip and go to sleep without any problems.

MEWHENRYSMAMA Posts: 6,079
1/17/12 4:43 A

OMG MRSTTHARP emoticon
EWWWWWW
YOU CAN BET I AM NOW GOING TO HAVE COFFEE OR TEA EVERY DAY!
THANKS FOR YOUR INPUT!
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1/17/12 4:19 A

I have to do a lot of updating and continuing education of MRSA (Methcillian resistant staph areus) It is a staph infection that once it invades your body, colonizes there and never really goes away. I have a study that shows drinking hot coffee and hot tea decrease your chance of colonization (living happily in your nose, anus and blood) by 50%. Now in the real world if you could drink a cup of hot coffee or tea and be twice as likely not to get MRSA then wouldnt you have a cup just for the health benefits???

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1/17/12 12:45 A

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MEWHENRYSMAMA Posts: 6,079
1/17/12 12:44 A

HAD TO ADD I AM ONLY A ONE OR TWO CUPS IN THE MORNING AND MY HUSBAND ALWAYS KNOWS WHEN I HAVE HAD IT...CAN I TALK...LOL. BUT WHEN I DON'T HAVE IT, I ADMIT...SLUGGISH!! emoticon

ITSABSURD SparkPoints: (18,393)
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1/16/12 4:04 P

It has it's pros & cons. I prefer not to drink it, bu there are plenty of health benefits.

If you know your way around iTunes, I recommend you listen to the podcast Stuff You Should Know. They just ran a super informative episode ALL about Coffee - both the good & the bad!

GRANDMABABA SparkPoints: (124,872)
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1/16/12 3:56 P

You're doing just fine. Coffee has lots of good things about it. If late in day it might make it hard to sleep. Such good info from everyone here. Good luck

SONICB Posts: 4,228
1/16/12 3:52 P

12 oz of coffee in the morning is a reasonable amount and well within what SP recommends daily in terms of caffeine consumption (I think the number is around 2-3 cups of coffee per day). There have been studies that show that women who drink coffee daily are less likely to be depressed (too lazy to look for a link to the study right now...), and there are other health benefits that a quick Google search can inform you about.

Drinking coffee is probably only a bad thing if you are getting the jitters and unable to fall asleep at night.

TEXAS_KELLY SparkPoints: (4,872)
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1/16/12 3:29 P

It's a good thing that coffee is somewhat good for you because there is no way I could give it up. It is the only beverage I drink besides water. I allow myself a cup of coffee in the morning and then my 8 glasses of water for the rest of the day.

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1/16/12 3:04 P

Coffee has some positive points. For many people coffee is their main source of antioxidants. Caffeine improves our mood, productivity, and even increases our metabolism. Caffeine is a drug and you can certainly have too much. I don't think one 12 oz mug every morning is anything to worry about/

PEDAL-PUSHER Posts: 6,501
1/16/12 10:43 A

I have also heard both sides concerning coffee, and I have come to the conclusion that if I tried to cut out everything thast was 'bad' for me, I would drive myself insane. I like the taste of coffee, and drink it on a daily basis. I make an 8 cup pot most mornings.some days it is empty by the end of the day, others not. I have no problem drinking day-old coffee, but I don't buy cheap.

I figure that coffee may not be the best thing I could put into my system, but it is not the worse thing either.

KATHRYN1985 SparkPoints: (6,385)
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1/16/12 10:28 A

I usually drink 2-3 cups of coffee per day (first one with a little soy milk, the rest black) but make sure to drink lots of water too. I think coffee has health benefits and is good in moderation, but only if you don't overload it with sugar, artificial sweeteners and calorie-laden creamers. I love caffeine :)

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1/16/12 10:15 A

I don't think it is bad for you from a calories point of view or a health point of view. I believe in moderation in all matters.

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1/16/12 10:15 A

I do not think it's bad...2 cups for me every morning!

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
1/16/12 10:13 A

I don't think coffee is bad for you as long as you're not adding tons of cream, artificial sweeteners, or sugar to it.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/16/12 9:37 A

Nope. It has potassium! LoL. It's a mild stimulant and motivates me to clean. I don't see how it can be bad. Just make sure you're also drinking enough water.

MEWHENRYSMAMA Posts: 6,079
1/16/12 5:29 A

I THINK YOU ARE JUST FINE...I THINK THE KEY IS MODERATION HERE.
ENJOY!
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ANARIE Posts: 12,409
1/16/12 1:11 A

Coffee is not only not bad, it might actually be good for you. It has a lot of antioxidants (though not as much as tea), and drinking a moderate amount of coffee has been linked to lower rates of liver and pancreatic cancer, diabetes, and maybe even Alzheimer's. If you already have diabetes, though, it can make it harder to regulate blood sugar, so do ask your doctor about it if you're diabetic. They don't know whether it's really the coffee that protects against disease or whether people who drink coffee have some other habits that do it, so it's not a good enough reason to start drinking coffee, but it does mean that there's probably no reason to quit if you enjoy it.

The studies that found benefits from coffee defined "moderate" as about 24-36 ounces a day, so your 12 oz should be fine.

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1/16/12 12:33 A

One cup is ok.

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (35,936)
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1/15/12 10:44 P

I have drinked coffee all through my journey, wanna know something.. Had no impact on my weight loss all 176lbs of it- only what I put in it makes a difference.. Skimmilk and sweetners save alot of calories on "creamer and sugar"..

Coffee is a important aspect of social life- I don't remove the most important thing when sitting with a distressed client- coffee makes people relax.. It opens doors to dialogues, problem solving and bonds friendships..

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Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 1/15/2012 (22:46)
CHELDEE Posts: 76
1/15/12 2:48 P

I drink about 12 oz each morning. I' ve heard good and bad things about coffee. And I don't know if it is something I need to give up or not. Your thoughts/experiences are already appreciated.

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