Caffeine in Coffee.



What do we really need to know about Caffeine in Coffee?

While it is not the purpose of this page to attempt to be a definitive medical work as to what is good for you or what is not good for you, we can still have a look at some of the more important aspects of this hotly discussed topic.

Personally, I have long been a believer in "moderation in all things." Note, I did NOT say "all things in moderation", as I believe there is a vast difference between the two.

Effects of Caffeine?

What a topic for debate! You will find there are many who swear that caffeine is bad for you, but then on the other hand, there are probably just as many who are real proponents of caffeine as being good for you.

Certainly, it has been closely studied to determine what potential benefits there are, and where it may be undesirable. Let us start by looking at some of the known facts, and leave the speculation to others.

  • It is a stimulant.

  • It is a diuretic.

The fact that it is a stimulant is one which has caused medical science to really give coffee in general a hard time over the years.

Despite this intensive scrutiny there has yet to be a definitive finding where it could be stated without fear of contradiction that caffeine, or more particularly, coffee consumed in moderate proportions can be directly responsible for illness or the propagation of particular medical conditions.

If anything, there is possibly more medical evidence which negates any such findings, than there is evidence linking coffee to things that are harmful.

The fact that it has diuretic properties (increase in the production of urine by the kidneys) is actually something which is inherently good.

Addictive?

There are some who would say that caffeine is an addictive substance – I will simply say, that it is noteworthy that after all these years of medical investigation, the consumption of caffeine containing drinks has not been prohibited, nor does there appear to be any signs of this ever happening.

We could try to discuss the many areas of human well-being and / or ailments, but that could fill many more pages of this website. As I was reading up and researching this topic, I came to the conclusion that there are so many contradictory findings out there, that it simply becomes a futile exercise.

As with so many things in life, it is possible to use or abuse a substance. If you are going to abuse it, you are asking for trouble. So......

..... we will end the same way as we started – "moderation in all things."

Of course, it goes without saying that anyone with a particular medical condition, should use appropriate caution with whatever they choose to eat or drink, or use in any other way. In fact if you are in this category, be sure to follow the advice of your medical practitioner, and toss out all the other notions that you may come across.






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