Browned and Ground! To Be or Not to Be… Caffeinated


Ava Johnson, Staff Writer

Infoworld.comIs coffee good for the soul or bad for health? There hardly seems to be a middle ground for the beans. It is either hated or loved by people all around the world for its taste and aroma.

There are many ways to enjoy a cup of joe: the Americans tend to pour a mug of it and say, “the bolder the better” and the Italians pour cups of coffee with dreamy shapes made of cream. Fancied up or straight to the point, any coffee lover will tell you big names like Starbucks or even a mom and pop café are yet to be defeated an “oasis in the desert”. Still, there is a selection of people who avoid the robust roast altogether; claiming it is no good for them.

So, which is it?

The berries are grown in both high and low elevations and are shipped from hot spots like Columbia and Kenya. The antioxidant-dense seed of the berry is removed, dried and roasted to give the world what they know as an everyday pick-me-up. Caffeine makes its way to the central nervous system, as a stimulus, to increase alertness, focus, and overall mental performance. A coffee-drink a day will keep diseases at bay. Studies show that the risk of Alzheimer’s disease is weakened by 65% in coffee drinkers. The chance of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is reported to be reduced by 7% and the protection that caffeine provides for the liver will drop the risk of liver disease as much as 80%.

Non-drinkers that are past the taste and centered on the facts, know that overstimulation of caffeine will cause anxiety and a temporary increase in blood pressure and cholesterol. A negative effect such as the risk of short-term withdrawal symptoms, like migraine headaches, can occur without it. More than 500mg of caffeine consumption in a short time frame will lead to rhabdomyolysis or muscle breakdown. There is also a chance of insomnia that increases from individual to individual.

However, when enjoyed knowledgeably, there are more benefits from the world’s most popular beverage. A few of those benefits include a boost in metabolic rates, help with fighting depression, and a 32%-60% success rate of combating the incurable Parkinson’s disease.

Drink responsibly.