Coffee • Is it helpful or harmful?

While the jury is out on whether or not coffee makes you feel better or worse, anything with over 1,000 chemicals in it cannot be all good.

Burlap bag full of coffee beans, with beans scattered on the floor around it

Some artificial chemicals used to make coffee include:

  • Cypermethrin
  • Deltamethrin
  • Diazinon
  • Disulfoton
  • Endosulfan
  • Flouzlfop-P-butyl Chlorpyrifos (Dursban)
  • Methyl Parathlon

By law, products certified as organic may not have any artificial chemicals, so look for organic products.

Coffee initiates uncontrolled neuron firing in your brain which triggers your pituitary gland to secrete a hormone that signals your adrenal glands to produce adrenalin. The unabated production of adrenalin puts your body on alert, as in a constant state of stress. When it wears off, if you don’t grab yet another fix of caffeine, you will feel a drop in energy as well as possible irritability and headaches. Check out a book by S. Cherniske called Caffeine Blues.

Caffeine is a mildly addictive stimulant. Consumption may increase heart rate, blood pressure and cause occasional irregular heartbeat. It is a mild diuretic so you may feel thirsty after drinking coffee.

One good thing that can be said about coffee is that it contains some anti-inflammatory compounds.

If you drink coffee, be moderate. Drink small amounts at a time, instead of ordering a 16-ounce behemoth and downing it at a single sitting.

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