Coffee pleasure, or a hidden danger
I cringe every time I read a new study about the benefits of coffee. I have to wonder who is actually funding these studies. Or, which coffee aficionado chose to extol it’s benefits. After all, it's a 20 billion dollar industry, and over 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed world-wide.
But something is awry, and this time I want to put my finger on it.
The most recent study is this one (coffee consumption and health).
Here is an excerpt: “Coffee consumption seems generally safe within usual levels of intake, with summary estimates indicating largest risk reduction for various health outcomes at 3 or 4 cups a day, and more likely to benefit health than harm”.
What's really going on here?
On the surface, all seems fine. But what is really going on?
It’s part of a continuing trend in society. Move away from whole food. Rely on short bursts of energy via caffeine and sugar. Try to get through the day.
But it doesn’t work. Caffeine and sugar act likes drugs in the body.
Can you get addicted to water?
Drink 4 cups of water each day for a 3 months, and then quit. Do you get a headache. Do you suddenly feel withdrawal symptoms. Do you need to get your “morning water” first thing, or risk having a really bad day.
Or course not. Water, like so many other natural substances isn't addicting.
But watch out if you miss your morning cup of coffee, or worse try to quit completely. People report massive headaches, and strong cravings. They have what is called caffeine dependence.
Your health is the sum total of your choices
This leads me to the main point. Health is the combined effect of all choices, but those same choices can also lead to disease.
Coffee on it’s own may not be bad at 2-3 cups a week. But adding 3-4 cups a day, along with a poor diet, and little exercise can culminate in deteriorating health effects.
According to the World Health Organizaion, the number of new cases of cancer is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 2 decades.
Cancer is not going away, rather it's in full force and gaining steam!
Behavioral and dietary risks
Also from the Word Health Organization:
"Around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use."
Thank goodness coffee isn’t listed. But if it was, would that be enough to remove it from your lifestyle?
Lifestyle choices have changed
Over the years lifestyle choices have changed. People consume less vegetables and fruit, exercise less, and generally sit more.
Coffee is part of this lifestyle choice. It’s a tasty quick fix, that even comes with a power jolt. But people didn’t always go to the corner coffee shop 3 -4 times a day for a hit.
Look at the massive addiction to fast food, cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine drinks, and sugar. The desire for instant gratification and instant energy reign supreme.
However, the untold story is that there is an increase in disease, sickness, and toxicity. More and more people are hearing these dreaded words - you have cancer.
People are sicker than just one generation back
All of these new behaviors are having a dramatic effect on health.
So when a study comes out like the one mentioned, don’t look at it so quickly with rose colored glasses. They say 3-4 cups a day is ok. I say Really?
Look at the big picture. People are generally more diseased than even just one generation back. Something must have happened.
Some cancers are on the rise
Look at the statistics. These charts, show a huge increase in cancer rates from 1975 to 2014, for 3 types of cancer.
liver and intraheptic bile duct cancer
kidney and renal cancer rates
It wasn't always like this
Did you ever look at vintage photos from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Ever notice how the bodies of most people were trim, lean, and appeared generally fit.
They had coffee, but most of the population drank a lot less than 4 cups a day. They also ate sugar, and sweets. But not anywhere near the levels consumed today. Fast food didn’t exist either, other then the hearty meals served at local diners.
Compare the people back then to the population of today. A side by side comparison would make you think these were two different species. The humans today are almost TWICE as BIG!
Not twice as tall, but twice as wide.
Obesity is becoming a crisis
Something is wrong, and it's wrong on a global Scale. It's now official, 1/3 of the world population is obese or overweight.
The big link between obesity and cancer
There is a link. It has now been found that 40% of all cancer cases linked to obesity, or being overweight.
Something has to change, and soon!
How does this relate to coffee?
So what does all of this information have to do with coffee?
The over consumption of more than 2-3 cups of coffee a week will have a detrimental effect on health. Doing so will change how the individual hydrates during the day.
Consuming (4) 8 oz cups of coffee is 32 oz of liquid. For some people, this is the only liquid the drink all day long.
It goes without saying that coffee is not pure water. Rather it is tainted with the charred remains of the coffee bean.
Drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a day will change how a person hydrates their body.
Coffee is replacing water consumption
So instead of giving the body clean, pure water, which it needs. It receives instead, a hot, caffeinated, sugared, fatty beverage that must be internally processed before use.
But who drinks one 8 oz cup of coffee anymore. Sizes are closer to 16 oz, and up. Three cups of 16 oz coffee equals 48 oz of liquid (that's a little bit under a half a gallon).
Stated simply, people are replacing required water with coffee.
Coffee doesn't have any real nutrition
Coffee is a brewed drink from roasted coffee beans. The beans are the seeds of berries from the coffee plant.
When enjoying a hot cup of coffee you will get a short burst of energy. But there is no real nutrition. Therefore it doesn’t positively affect the daily nutritional requirements.
Some more data.
Black coffee contains no significant amounts of the macronutrients, fat, carbohydrate and protein.
Per 100ml, black coffee contains a number of micronutrients, notably potassium (92mg), magnesium (8mg) and niacin (0.7mg).
The sodium level is very low.
There is also manganese (0.05mg), and riboflavin (0.01mg).
But that's it. No calories, unless you put in milk, cream and sugar. Which almost everyone does.
Coffee is acidic
But here is the real kicker. Coffee is acidic.
Dentin is one of the four major components of teeth (enamel, dentin, cementum and pulp). It is the second hardest tissue that lies underneath the outer Enamel layer. Enamel is harder.
According to this dentist:
Dentin dissolves below 6.50
Enamel dissolves below 5.50
Ready for this:
Black coffee is 5.70 on the PH scale
Starbucks regular is 4.85
Black coffee can dissolve dentin, but a starbucks coffee can dissolve both dentin and enamel.
Acidosis can lead to bone loss
What about osteoporosis.
A loss in calcium contributes to bone loss.
Coffee is acidic. The body must neutralize the acids. It can do so in 3 ways.
1. by diluting it with higher water percentage'
2. storing it in fat
3. neutralizing it with low PH minerals like that of calcium.
But where does the calcium come from to neutralize the acidity? It comes from the skeletal system.
Drinking acid beverage like coffee is suicide
Drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a day is suicide. It's a sure fire way to increase the acidity of your body.
Why do this when it has been shown that acid loads show calcium loss from bone.
If the body is acidic, it will do everything in it's power to neutralize those acids. As shown from the excerpt of this study.
"The role of the skeleton in acid-base homeostasis in adults may contribute to the progressive decline in bone mass that occurs with age, which is ultimately expressed as osteoporosis. The bone loss may result, at least partly, from lifelong mobilization of skeletal calcium salts to balance endogenous acid generated from dietary precursors."
Is coffee really worth all of this
The real question you have to ask yourself is it really worth it. Sure they say drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a day won't hurt you. But it's not the whole picture.
Take into account the lifestyle changes over the past 20 years. The increase of some cancers, and the acidity of coffee itself.
Is it really worth it, just for a few moments of pleasure.
Clearly there are healthier beverages available.
Why not do yourself a favor, and put down the coffee and pick up the water bottle.
In the end, you are the only one that will be taking care of you.
So start today, by caring for your health and body. Dump the coffee, and use that 5 bucks for a fresh veggie juice.
Discover Even More:
Study : Coffee consumption and health
Site Data : World Health Organization - Cancer Statistics
Charts : Cancer statistic charts
Site Article : Cancer : 40% of all cases linked to obesity, overweight
Definition : What is dentin