Thursday, September 8, 2005

Got Coffee?

Coffee has gotten a bad rap in recent years, but researches are finding that coffee does a body good. A new study shows that Americans get a majority of their antioxidants from their cups of java. Dr Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton said, "Americans get more of their antioxidants from coffee than any other dietary source. Nothing else comes close."

So all you coffee drinkers out there, drink up and celebrate!

For those who don't like coffee, black tea was #2 on the list, followed by bananas, then dry beans (I wonder if jelly beans are included), and finally corn was #5.

What are antioxidants and how are they good for us? Overall, they help protect against heart disease and cancer. Specifically, as our bodies break down chemicals in our bodies, oxidation occurs. This oxidation creates free radicals. Free radicals are bad...very bad for your body. These free radicals attack our cells, which can do permanent damage to the body. Antioxidants attack free radicals. Yea antioxidants!

Coffee has also been linked with other health benefits like helping to protect against Parkinson's and even type 2 diabetes! So should the other 50% of Americans that don't drink coffee daily go out and start suckin' down hot java juice? Hold your horses, amigos. Dr. Vinson advises most of us to only drink a cup or two a day to receive this powerful antioxidant dose.

OK, so coffee is America's top source of antioxidants. WELL-LADDY-FREAKIN'-DA! Americans' top source of fiber is probably Doritos. Just because coffee is the primary source doesn't mean it's the BEST source. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of antioxidants - and are better for you.

More people are addicted to caffeine than any other substance in the world. Coffee has also been linked to the following side effects - either from consumption or from withdrawal:

- jittery and nervousness
- stomach pains and headaches
- elevated blood pressure
- elevated heart rates
- disorientation and forgetfulness
- fatigue
- dehydration
- accentuated PMS symptoms
- nausea
- sexual dysfunction (aka loss of mojo)
- hotflashes and excessive underam perspiration
- disorientation and forgetfulness
- involuntary muscle ticks, tremors, twitches, shakes
- bloating, burping, farting (loud staccato AND silent but deadlies)
- hallucinations, incoherentness, schizophrenia, bio-polar disorder, depression, moody-blues
- offensive body odor
- excessive body hair growth (particularly in the nose, ear, and knuckles)
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- lethargy, apathy, ignorance, and stuttering
- ungodly discharges from places you don't want discharges to come from
- disorientation and forgetfulness
- belief that "Glitter" was one helluva great movie

Enjoy your coffee!

9 comments:

kim said...

Now if only Diet Pepsi had some benefit.... *sigh* Thanks for saying hi! Us brilliant phoenixes (I guess technically that's a word that shouldn't be pluralized) are on the same wavelength. Fun stuff - I will visit more!

Lu said...

great post....i love coffee! :)

The Phoenix said...

-kim,
phoenixes...phoenixi...phoenixeese...I think you were right the first time. Thanks for stopping by.

The Phoenix said...

lu,
I, myself, am not a coffee drinker. Everyone else I know is. My grandmother drank three-four cups a day and lived to be 95. She also smoked. Funny how that works.

KC said...

You know you're addicted to coffee when your local Starbucks employees know you by name and always end the transaction by saying, "See ya tomorrow". Maybe I should hide my addiction by drinking alone at home.

The Phoenix said...

Be proud of your coffee addiction, kim c.Don't keep those coffee beans in the closet. Flaunt it. Get a t-shirt that says, "I would inject coffee into my veins if I could."

Jillian said...

LOL -- Believing that "Glitter" was a great movie -- You kill me ha ha.

Oh that was good - I especially like the picture of the elderly lady having coffee (or some caffinated drink) pumped right into her veins ha ha. :-)

the weirdgirl said...

OK, I just want to set the record straight... caffeine does not exacerbate PMS! It helps PMS! Ask anyone (well at least chicks). There's no way I could survive PMS without caffeine (though I'm a tea drinker, no coffee). I don't know WHAT these scientists are thinking!!

All those other symptons are completely true, however.

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