Is caffeine part of your Breakfast of Champions? It is for me – but is that necessarily a bad thing?
In honor of Caffeine Awareness Month, it’s Caffeine Confession Time (and just an FYI I’m writing this as I sip my iced coffee):
Sometimes I just stand in front of the coffee aisle so I can breathe in the aroma.
I’ve tried to make a body scrub out of the millions of gallons of used coffee grounds that I create. It made a huge mess on my skin, and in my shower.
Coffee grounds do make great compost though. I’m waiting for my lemon tree to produce coffee-scented Meyer lemons.
When I go on vacation, I pack a huge Ziploc bag of coffee in my suitcase. Just in case there isn’t a Starbucks within a stone’s throw on my hotel room.
I can’t start my day without a large cup of the stuff!
I know I’m not alone. Millions (probably billions) of us start the day with a good strong cup of coffee. Yes, I do love the aroma, and oh, those first few sips… But let’s admit it, it’s the caffeine we crave, and whether we know it or not, we’re addicted to it. So in honor of Caffeine Awareness Month, here are a few facts about caffeine. Don’t worry – you won’t have to quit!
- The Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) study found that drinking 3-5 cups of coffee in midlife reduced the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by 65% in late life
- Caffeine has been noted to increase blood pressure in those who are not regular coffee drinkers. Luckily for the rest of us, it has a minor effect on blood pressure in habitual coffee drinkers
- Coffee, but not necessarily caffeine, has been shown to improve blood glucose in those with diabetes, reduce the risk of liver disease, reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and all in all, coffee consumption appears to reduce the risk of death from several diseases, including heart disease
- More research is needed to determine whether there is a safe amount of caffeine for children. Too much caffeine, especially in the evening can interfere with sleep, and it can increase anxiety in children and adolescents. There are NO health benefits to energy drinks and caffeinated soft drinks for anyone, especially children
- Have you ever wondered what happens to all of the caffeine from decaffinated coffee and other beverages? Check out this fascinating article on it from NPR’s The Salt
Do you buy it or make it yourself? Drink up and eat well!