Coffee

Coffee cupI love coffee! I didn’t start drinking it until a few months ago. I wanted a lower-calorie substitute for hot chocolate. Hot chocolate has 111 calories, coffee has 2!

What I noticed immediately is that my bowels pleasingly became quite regular. I know, I know, too much information. It’s critical to the point, though. ;) Before I started drinking coffee I was irregular and suffered significant abdominal pains. Not anymore.

Coffee produces a laxative effect in susceptible people through stimulation of rectosigmoid motor activity, as soon as four minutes after drinking. Even modest doses of coffee can have this effect.
~Teecino

Coffee is also a great pick-me-up in the morning. After a cup or two I feel energized and ready to tackle the day. Who wouldn’t love that?!

Coffee has been recommended by doctors as an emergency treatments for the symptoms of asthma. As an asthmatic, the following statistic is most interesting.

Regular coffee drinkers have about 1/3 less asthma symptoms than those of non-coffee drinkers according to a Harvard researcher who studied 20,000 people.
~Ezine @rticles

Trimethylxanthine (caffeine)
Trimethylxanthine (caffeine)
According to a new study, regular coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of developing dementia.

After controlling for numerous socioeconomic and health factors, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure, the scientists found that the subjects who had reported drinking three to five cups of coffee daily were 65 percent less likely to have developed dementia, compared with those who drank two cups or less.
~NY Times

Accordint to the NY Times article, coffee drinkers are also at a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.

When asked to give an example of revelation by a contemporary prophet, Mormons often cite the Word of Wisdom, which prohibits the consumption of “hot drinks”. Hot drinks has been interpreted to mean, specifically, coffee and tea (Doctrine and Covenants 89:9). They claim that, because the ill-effects of coffee weren’t known at the time, it must surely have been an inspired directive. Coffee, like every other chemical we ingest, has its downside, to be sure. However, modern science has proven the claims of Joseph are pure fantasy.

Coffee has numerous proven health benefits. It also tastes delicious and is very customizable. You can add creams, milks, sugars and flavored syrups. You can even drink it cold, on the rocks. So drink up and enjoy your daily cup o’ java.

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  1. Yeah, coffee sure does rock. I hope you get the chance to try it in Italy some time. Or Melbourne.

    Then again, maybe not… if you like espresso, it might be hard to go back to American style filter coffee :-)

    It certainly is addictive, though. I guess you’re probably addicted by now if you’ve been drinking it every day for a few months. Try skipping a day – ouch!

  2. Jason Pooler says: Reply

    Hey Brent

    I also like coffee. I have cut down from a few pots a day. I also read that it helps to raise your Metabolic rate fro weight loss.

    “Thermogenesis

    A recent study looked at energy expenditure, fat oxidation or burning, and norepinephrine (NE) kinetics (i.e. how ‘adrenaline’ like hormones are metabolized) after caffeine or placebo ingestion using placebo-controlled double-blind conditions. The dose administered was 5 mg of caffeine per kilogram of fat-free mass (which is mainly muscle and bone). Translation: For the young men, they consumed about 350 mg while the old men consumed about 295 mg. (Therefore, the young men had more FFM than the old men).

    They studied 10 older (65-80 yr) and 10 younger (19-26 yr) men who were moderate consumers of caffeine. Caffeine ingestion resulted in similar increases in both the old and young men for plasma caffeine levels; thus both young and old absorb caffeine equally well. Metabolic rate or energy expenditure increased similarly by 11% in young and 9.5% in the older men. According to the scientists, “older and younger men show a similar thermogenic response to caffeine ingestion, whereas older men show a smaller increase in fatty acid availability after a caffeine challenge. These metabolic differences are not related to alterations in norepinephrine kinetics or fat oxidation.” (8) A recent study presented at the International Society of Sports Nutrition Conference in Las Vegas showed that a functional coffee beverage that also contained bitter orange, hydroxycitric acid, and chromium produced a significant increase (up to 30%) in metabolic rate. (9) This particular study is the first presented on ‘functional coffee’ (i.e. coffee with added nutraceuticals). ”

    So should I go back to 2 pots a day?

  3. Jason Gendron says: Reply

    But…Brent…it stunts your growth!!! Look at me, I’m only 6’4″!
    :)
    I LOVE coffee!!

  4. @Steven – I skip a lot of days. I saw you grinding beans when we did a video chat on Skype. Weren’t those for filter coffee?

    @Jason Pooler – Perhaps you should. :)

    @Jason Gendron – Do they claim coffee stunts growth? That’s funny.

  5. “I saw you grinding beans when we did a video chat on Skype. Weren’t those for filter coffee?”

    Oh, God, no. Espresso. Only the stove top kind, but still in another league to that filter muck. We’re coffee snobs here :-)

    …Although I’m shattered to discover that Wikipedia doesn’t consider it coffee *or* espresso :-)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moka_pot

    At my studio there was an espresso machine:

  6. Coffee is definitely a great stimulant, especially when I’m working a 12-hour night shift. But I especially like the taste, although I usually add different flavors to mine. My dad drank a lot of coffee while I was growing up and I always loved the smell. Oh, and the health benefits aren’t bad. :-)

    @Steven, are you going to bring us some Melbourne coffee? I would love to have an espresso machine!

    1. http://therhetoric.net/2005/03/03/too-busy/

      "I'm definitely not an espresso or coffee drinker." ROFL!

      1. OK, so my tastes have changed. ;-)

  7. I’ll gladly bring you some coffee… but I’m not sure if the budget will stretch to an espresso machine!

    …then again, if you put me up for a couple of nights and feed me a couple of times, the savings would pay for one :-)

  8. Oh, I didn’t mean for you to bring me an espresso machine Steven. Ha ha! You can stay here free of charge. ;-)

    BTW, Brent. I’m glad to hear that your bowels are moving regularly.

  9. I’m 115% addicted to coffee and espresso. Yum! Makes me want one now!!!

  10. Buried in King says: Reply

    Ahhh yes! Caffeine, especially in my (late) morning coffee! The last bastion of legal, socially acceptable, workplace available drug of choice to help us through the day.

    A cup of strong coffee first thing in the morning will open the eyes and make a spreadsheet almost readable.

    A quiet sip with cream and sugar sweetens our attitude when we want to tell the boss to stick it in his ….er, timeclock.

    A refill at the end of break is plenty of reason to dwaddle for an extra 5 minutes before going back to work.

    The new secretary has to walk a little slower by our desk when she is carrying a full cup of coffee to the manager.

    And there is no better way to finish off the work day than with a big cup of coffee and a newspaper between last break and quitting time.

    Coffee is the workplace wonder! It enhances productivity! It’s as American as hot dogs and apple pie! Right Juan?

  11. This could explain why after several ingested coffees I seem to shit like a pet raccoon.

  12. @Jim – Dude, I’m going to hurt myself laughing this hard. Stop it.

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