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Why do people drink coffee?

Especially women. We already know cafffeine depletes the calcium in your body, and puts you in a cycle of exhaustion and addiction. It irritates your stomach and some studies have even shown it causes heart conditions, high blood pressure, and even cancer. Having a healthy diet and sleeping pattern is so much better for keeping alert.

I have to admit I drink the occasional cafe au lait about twice a month. But why do so many regular coffee drinkers refuse to quit?


Fri. Jul 27, 11:18am

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Because it's still better than alcohol, cigarettes, sugar and a lot of prescription drugs too for that matter. As far as vices go, it's relatively harmless to most people. All those problems you list - coffee *might* exacerbate them, but it doesn't actually cause them.

Friday, July 27, 2007, 11:45 AM

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Sure, it's better, but its still doesn't mean that it's good.
Why pick the lesser of two evils when you don't have to pick an evil at all?

Friday, July 27, 2007, 12:20 PM

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Because some of us don't think perfectionism is all it's cracked up to be?
Duh, it TASTES GOOD and has NO CALORIES in its original state.

Friday, July 27, 2007, 12:39 PM

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I personally LOVE my coffee and find it comforting and relaxing to have a cup or two in the morning. I don't drink it to stay alert necessarily-it's part of my daily routine/rituals.

But hold up a second-Please get your story straight. Coffee is not the lone culprit of the conditions/issues you list. It is caffeine that is the problem. Yes too much caffeine is bad for you, but coffee itself is NOT. The excess sugar and cream people use in coffee is bad, but "coffee" is not! Caffeine makes the body lose calcium but not coffee. Drink decaf if you are concerned about that.

Coffee is full of antioxidants much in the same way tea and cocoa are. Coffee can help alleviate some symptoms of asthma, and recently has been shown to lower diabetes and Parkinson's risks in several studies.

Here is a link to an article from the Mayo Clinic that talks about the different studies that have been done on coffee in recent years. For more information google "health benefits of coffee" and you will find a whole bunch of information.

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Friday, July 27, 2007, 12:50 PM

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Well on a positive note coffee is a diuretic. Everything in moderation. Excess amounts of coffee probably is bad for people however in moderation it isn't necessarily "bad" for most people. Most all studies show that more than one cup may increase the risk of heart disease or cholesterol, etc however doesn't necessary mean that it WILL. I believe being addicted to anything, coffe included, probably isn't a good thing. However, one cup a day, or one cup periodically, most likely won't have any bad affects on ones health.

"Cutting down on coffee is less likely to help people protect their heart health than other measures, such as taking regular exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet " -Dr Jeremy Pearson, of the British Heart Foundation

Here is an interesting link:
http://www.canadianliving.com/canadianliving/client/en/Health/DetailNews.asp?idNews=232912&pg=1&

Why people have multiple cups of coffee? I would say it an addiction. Why does anyone have an "addiction?" I'm sure for many different reasons.

Friday, July 27, 2007, 12:52 PM

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Caffeine/coffee isn't bad for everyone. There's a reason it's an ingredient in Excedrin - it dilates blood vessels, which alleviates or curtails certain kinds of headaches. Like migraines.

Friday, July 27, 2007, 12:53 PM

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Actually most studies show having 1 cup of coffee a day is fine for most individuals and will not have any harmful effects. Several recent studies have also discovered that coffee drinkers have reduced chance of getting type 2 diabetes. In their studies they say that it's not the caffeine but some specific compound in coffee.

I personally drink coffee 4 times/week and only have 1 cup with splenda and unsweetened soymilk no later than 9am. I only drink Kona coffee imported from Hawaii as it is mild and doesn't upset my stomach. I truly enjoy and savor that coffee.

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Friday, July 27, 2007, 12:54 PM

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I'll admit it, I have to have it, I get a huge headache if I don't. I'm the biggest bitch with out it. I've weaned myself off of it for years and then I always go back, I just love it. I only drink 1-2 cups a day just to wake me up, a few cups are actually recommended, I get plenty of calcium elsewhere in my diet.

Friday, July 27, 2007, 12:57 PM

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12:53 - And you think Excedrin is good for you???

Friday, July 27, 2007, 2:23 PM

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Is Excedrin good for me? As someone who gets mild-but-chronic migraines, I'd find myself unable to function about 30-50 days a year. Try to keep a job with that kind of health issue. So yeah, I'd say Excedrin is *great* for me.

Friday, July 27, 2007, 2:57 PM

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