If you live in America, and many other countries, chances are you started your day off with a cup or two or more of morning coffee.
Well over 500 million cups of coffee are enjoyed in the U.S. of A. every single day. Worldwide, it is estimated that over 500 billion cups of coffee are drank every year.
Interestingly, 14 billion cups of Italian espresso help make up that huge number. The only beverage that is consumed more than coffee worldwide, other than water, is tea.
Seattle based Starbucks leads the way with a presence that is so profound you would think that other competing coffee chains would have little, if any chance of success.
This though is not the case. Many other coffee chains are also growing, and enjoying success by taking advantage of American’s insatiable demand for morning coffee.
The coffee shop sector is growing faster than any other in the restaurant industry. Coffee has a $100 billion dollar worldwide value.
Some other players in the retail coffee shop space are: Dunkin Donuts, Tim Horton’s, and Peet’s Coffee and Tea. Over 50 percent of Americans older than 18 drink coffee every day.
The average amount of coffee consumed per person in the US is three and a half cups per day.
More than 50 countries grow coffee. The three largest coffee producing nations are: Brazil, Vietnam, and then Columbia. The coffee export market is worth $20 billion dollars.
Some 25 million people make their living from coffee farms. The Americas account for 67% of the coffee grown in the entire world.
The two primary coffee beans that are sold commercially are the Arabica bean, and the Robusta bean. Of these two, the Arabica accounts for about 70%.
The Arabica bean is generally thought to be the more flavorful of the two. The Robusta bean is the less expensive of the two, and is commonly seen in containers of instant coffee.
Is drinking coffee healthy?
With all of this morning coffee drinking going on, wouldn’t it be nice to know if is healthy, unhealthy, or neutral?
Coffee drinking cons:
- Coffee is a diuretic. Drinking coffee will compromise your body’s hydration levels.
- Coffee creates a carcinogenic (cancer causing) atmosphere in the body. This is perhaps coffee’s biggest negative. Hot coffee generates acrylamide, a known cancer causing agent. Research shows that this becomes problematic primarily in large doses.
- Coffee flogs the adrenals. The adrenals are involved in providing us energy to help us through the day. So, even though we get that boost provided by the caffeine in coffee by stimulating the adrenals, this can actually cause us problems from continued use. Ironically, when we feel tired and sluggish much of the time, it may be caused, at least partially, by drinking too much coffee.
- Coffee is a load on the kidneys. Generally speaking drinking coffee is not bad for the kidney, but drinking coffee in large amounts can be a problem for those with kidney disease. Coffee contains potassium, and more than 3 cups of coffee in a day could provide too much potassium.
- The milk which is often added in coffee also contains potassium which can be detrimental to the kidneys in large doses. Also, many coffee creamers contain phosphates which can be problematic in larger amounts.
- Coffee contains caffeine which can spike blood pressure after drinking 3 or more cups. Those with high blood pressure issues should keep their coffee intake low, drink decaffeinated coffee, or abstain completely.
- Coffee has been shown to cause anxiety. This is linked to coffee’s ability to flog the adrenal glands. Low adrenals (adrenaline) are one of the causes of anxiety.
- Coffee drinking may contribute to insomnia. The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant, and if consumed late enough in the day, and in sufficient amounts can make it difficult to go off to sleep.
Coffee drinking pros:
- Coffee has significant anti oxidant properties. Somewhat surprisingly, roasted coffee is richer in anti oxidants than raw coffee.
- Organic coffee enemas used with good anti infective herbs are a very effective liver detox, and cleanser.
- Coffee has also been shown to have profound effects on preventing colon cancer. By drinking one to two cups of coffee each day, it is possible to lower your colon cancer risk by as much as 50%.
- Coffee has also been shown to help ease Parkinsons disease. Drinking two to four cups of coffee per day may help relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
- Coffee can help with Alzheimers disease. In a recent study, participants that drank 3 to 5 cups of coffee per day in mid-life had a 65% less chance of developing Alzheimers disease in their later years.
- Coffee consumption has been shown effective in reducing the risk of Type ll, or Adult Onset diabetes in studies due to it’s large anti-oxidant content. Chlorogenic acid is the main anti-oxidant in coffee. When sweeteners are added to the coffee however, the positive effects become negative effects.
- Coffee drinking can reduce the risk of Asthma attacks. The caffeine in coffee acts as a brochodilator expanding the airways, and providing relief for asthma sufferers.
- Coffee can relieve Migraine headaches. The caffeine in coffee is a vasorestrictor which limits the amount of blood flow to the brain, which relieves symptoms of migraines.
- Coffee can help lower inflammation in the body. Another anti-oxidant in coffee, polyphenols has been shown to decrease inflammation in the body.
Morning Coffee – The Verdict
Coffee has quite a few negative aspects, as well as many positive attributes. So, is drinking coffee good or bad for you? Should I keep drinking it? The answer is yes, and no.
Yes, I believe we can take away from this that coffee drinking in moderation is probably not going to cause major health concerns. However, depending on your particular situation, it may not be a smart thing to continue to consume.
All told, I think that giving up coffee might be better than drinking a lot of it everyday. I will continue to drink coffee, but I have tapered off quite a bit lately. One to two cups a day is my current range.
Morning Coffee Summary
Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. Some 500 million cups of coffee are drank every day in America. 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every year.
Coffee is big business. The coffee market has a $100 billion dollar value. Coffee shops like Starbucks are everywhere. More new coffee shops spring up everyday.
The two most common coffee beans are the Arabica, and the Robusta, with the Arabic being the most widely used. 25 million people make a living from coffee farms. Brazil, Vietnam, and Columbia are the countries that produce the most coffee.
Drinking coffee has many positive aspects, as well as many negative ones. It is good to keep in mind the negative things that coffee can create, and if you show any of these symptoms, cutting back or eliminating coffee altogether might be a good idea.
Like with most things, moderation may be a wise course of action.