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Coffee: Comfort Drink or Addiction?

Updated on March 2, 2019
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Coffee is one of those drinks that I try to stay away from. After seeing my brother get withdrawal headaches after a morning without coffee and watching antsy people waiting impatiently in line at Starbucks for their fix, I figure it's probably best not to get started.

It's difficult to classify coffee because it means so many different things to many people. For the most part, I believe people use coffee for the caffeine, to wake up and gain some energy. As a waittress at a breakfast and lunch eatery I see people sit down while one word rolls off their tongue: "COFFEE."

Rarely I witness people drinking coffee just for the taste, especially without loading up on sugar/sugar substitutes and creamer. Yes, it has a nice smell, and it's nice that it's a warm drink. I'm sure plenty enjoy its warmth and strength after dessert at a restaurant.

Coffee has a varied history of uses around the world. It was initially used for spiritual reasons. About 1,000 years ago, traders brought coffee across the Red Sea into Arabia. Coffee was substituted in place of wine where wine was forbidden, during religious ceremonies. However, the Church of Latter-Day Saints believes that it is both physically and spiritually unhealthy to drink coffee.

There has been a lot of research on whether coffee is linked to a wide array of health conditions, and most studies reveal coffee has no real specific health benefits; results are similar as far as negative effects of coffee consumption.

Some studies have suggested that the consumption of coffee is beneficial in some ways. Coffee appears to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, heart disease, diabetes mellitus type 2, cirrhosis of the liver, and gout. Some health effects are due to the caffeine content of coffee, for benefits are only found in those who drink caffeinated coffee; others appear to be due to other ingredients. Coffee does contain antioxidants, which prevent cell damage.

Coffee has negative health effects associated with it, most connected with its caffeine content. Research suggests that drinking caffeinated coffee can cause a temporary increase in the stiffening of arterial walls. Excess coffee consumption may lead to a magnesium deficiency or hypomagnesemia.

So coffee is not really a health drink, but for the most part I'd would say it's an addiction. The people who don't drink it regularly probably wouldn't go for a cup straight-up when they get the craving. I will just continue to stay away from the stuff and stick with my glasses of water and juice.

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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      to me coffee is an addiction. My mom and bro loves coffee. Became addicted that they couldn't go one day without a cup of black original coffee. I can't. When i have 1 tsp of coffee mix with 2 tbsp hot cocoa, my heart beat goes wild. Caffiene, perhaps? Interesting hub

    • coffeeconnoisseur profile image

      coffeeconnoisseur 

      11 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      As with all things... moderation is the key, is it not?

      I love my coffee, need the caffeine in the morning and drink decaf in the evening.

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      kiki 

      11 years ago

      good thing i read this

    • barryrutherford profile image

      Barry Rutherford 

      12 years ago from Queensland Australia

      thanks i need to watch my intake !

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Great poster for (against) coffee!

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