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What is in a Cup of Coffee

Updated on January 14, 2016
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James September is a licensed teacher and freelance writer. He obtained his Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language in 2012.

Why We Do Not Trust Coffee

One of the most debated, talked-about issues today among households is the harm brought about by drinking coffee. No one wants to discuss it since a majority of people especially the old ones love to drink coffee. Most likely, the main reason why old people opt to drink coffee instead of hard liquor is to get rid of alcohol and the damage it gives to health. However, what they never know is the harmful effect that coffee brings. Even if some people try to defend themselves and prove that coffee still is good to health as it is called antioxidants, they can never deny the fact that coffee gives bad elements or effects to one’s health.

Firstly, people who drink coffee lose more calcium. It is because acidic coffee contributes to the loss of calcium, which eventually affects bones. The common result of drinking coffee is bone fractures that lead to osteoporosis since calcium will be robbed once people drink acidic coffee (Taylor and Demmig-Adams, 2007, p. 415). Secondly, coffee is acidic. It makes the body unhealthy since the body can only sustain and maintain the acidity level of 7.3. The blood pH level that one’s body maintains is 7.3; however, acidic coffee contains pH 25.1 on acidic scales (Inoue, 2005, p. 295). One important news that people should learn is that all types of diseases can be promoted in an acidic environment. If it happens, the human body is able to produce high pH level. Thirdly, other people choose decaffeinated coffee just to avoid caffeine (Henningfield, 1990, p. 1561). However, they do not even know that decaffeinated coffee is more acidic than the ordinary coffee they drink in the morning and evening (Leviton and Allred, 1994, p. 538). It is because decaffeinated coffee undergoes a certain process with certain chemical called formaldehyde. A formaldehyde is the most toxic substance that poison human body even if its intake is tiny. The problem widens when formaldehyde gives a severe health problem because such substance takes time to disperse or scatter in the body. Fourthly, coffee helps people age rapidly. It is because it dehydrates faster than one can expect and increases one’s cortisol level responsible for rapid aging. Yes, coffee gives extra energy since it has active agents that give drinkers different feelings. However, these active agents collapse. Finally, coffee drinkers must be afraid of the news that heating the coffee bean produces chemicals such as methylglyoxal, chlorogenic atractyosides, and others and that they are considered sources of half of pancreatic cancer cases (Inoue, 2005, p. 295). Based on research, three cups of coffee in one single day can increase the danger of pancreatic cancer.

Conversely, people who choose to drink coffee cannot escape from the harmful chemicals and substances. One thing they should know is that caffeine is not easy to digest. Once people drink coffee and your system tries to digest that coffee to convert energy to the blood stream, the liver, which is responsible of filtering and digesting that energy will use enzymes (Henningfield, 1990, p. 1561). However, if such enzymes are tired enough breaking down caffeine, they are not powerful enough to get rid of those body chemicals and toxins, then those chemicals and toxins remain in the body. Thus, it is hard to cleanse.

Further, if people drink coffee, they need 64 ounces of water to counterbalance and defuse one eight-ounce cup of coffee. It means that it is difficult to terminate the presence of caffeine in the body and that it takes time to eliminate it. One important fact about coffee is that it loses people’s feeling of happiness. It is because coffee terminates all forms of neurotransmitters responsible of producing happy emotions (Taylor and Demmig-Adams, 2007, p. 415). Coffee is suppressant, and it suppresses erratic feelings. For example, people who are disheartened have lack of a hormone called serotonin. This hormone is responsible for giving the people some feelings of satisfaction and comfort. On the other hand, caffeine itself serves as suppressants that function in the body. The depression leaves behind once people drink coffee; however, the side effect is harmful. It fights back and pull people down in the long run.

In the end, coffee is bad for health. It is not an antioxidant. If it is, how is it possible that it gives people levels of diseases that lead to cancers? To justify, caffeine that is found in coffee slows down the ability of the body to absorb vitamins, minerals, and other valuable materials. If it happens, human body needs immediate attention. If people are coffee addict, they have to act now and find alternatives. They can have substitutes such as ginger tea or herbal tea itself. Since coffee is bad for health, people should stop drink coffee. Now, if people take some vitamins and minerals while drinking coffee daily, they are wasting their money and their time to acquire all the vitamins and minerals they need for their healthy diet.

Works Cited

Henningfield, Jack E., et al. “Drinking coffee and carbonated beverages blocks absorption of nicotine from nicotine polacrilex gum.” Jama 264.12 (1990): 1560-1564.

Inoue, Manami, et al. “Influence of coffee drinking on subsequent risk of hepatocellular carcinoma: A prospective study in Japan.” Journal of the National Cancer Institute 97.4 (2005): 293-300.

Leviton, Alan, and Elizabeth N. Allred. “Correlates of decaffeinated coffee choice.” Epidemiology 5.5 (1994): 537-540.

Taylor, Sarah R., and Barbara Demmig-Adams. “To sip or not to sip: the potential health risks and benefits of coffee drinking.” Nutrition & Food Science 37.6 (2007): 406-418.


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