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Benefits and Dangers of Coffee

Updated on December 11, 2015

More than 80 percent of adults in the United States drink coffee. It serves as an amazing morning 'pick me up' and wakes the entire nation, but do they really understand what they are putting into their bodies? From Starbucks to instant coffee, America is shoveling 400 million cups into her system a day. If coffee was slowly detrimental to your body, then the effect of the grinded bean would be shown across the masses. Here is some information on something that you probably cannot live without.

Benefits of Coffee

Coffee is can aid in a lot of bodily functions, including fat burning. The caffeine in coffee acts as a natural supplement in boosting the metabolic rate of the body. That coffee just might keep you looking in shape. Coffee also gives you the energy needed for physical activity by breaking down fat and turning it into muscle fuel. Coffee is also has a large quantity of antioxidants and may be the biggest source of antioxidants in western culture. Coffee even has been tested and approved in preventing and lowering the risk of Alzheimer's, Type II diabetes, Cirrhosis, Dementia, and ever Cancer. All in all, coffee seems to be healing America one cup at a time, but what can be lurking in the outskirts of the beverage that seems to do it all.

Dangers of Coffee

Although coffee has many health benefits, it comes with a set of flaws. Coffee has laxative properties which reduce the absorption of nutrients from food. Through induced peristalsis, coffee empties the contents within the stomach before they would normally be ready for the digestive tract. Coffee, although low in calories, is usually mixed with tons of cream-based milk and even more sugar. Coffee in it's rawest of form is one of the healthiest beverage, but when you introduce the delicious whip creams and sugary flavoring, the benefits are ultimately buried in massive amounts of calories. Even though coffee may give you energy, it has been tested that after long term exposure it just becomes a series of jitters that affect your ability to relax and natural heart rate. Coffee seems to give just as many problems as it does solutions. It just might even give some people a reason to replace it with water or something that comes with a better packaged deal.

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      peachy 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      yes, there are pros and cons in every food or drinks