Friday, January 23, 2009

Cafeeee Talllk


So if you're a twitter'er'er and been following my updates, you know that i'm back at school and consuming way too much starbucks. Now, it's not just coffee, but also the extraordinary concoctions that have fancy names including london fog, apple chai, and misto.

I enjoy a cup of coffee or tea just like the average person, but i was interested in how much of we (US citizens) consume and found out the following.

-500 billion cups of coffee are consumed every year in the United States.
-The top 3 nations who manufacture coffee, include: Brazil, Columbia, and Vietnam


Among coffee drinkers the average consumption in the United States is 3.1 cups of coffee per day.
It is projected that by 2010 There will be more than 50,000 coffee shops in the United States.

Fifty-two percent of Americans over the age of eighteen drink coffee every morning, and on top of that, thirty percent of the population drinks coffee occasionally, meaning that over eighty percent of Americans consume coffee.

Of the one hundred million US daily coffee drinkers, thirty million drink specialty beverages such as lattes, cappuccinos, and mochas


-Everybody knows the laxative effect of coffee. Brewed coffee also contains soluble cellulose fibers, which help the body absorb vital nutrients, keep a lid on cholesterol and fight constipation.
-Researches show that blood pressure and heart rate spurred in healthy sedentary adults drinking two cans of caffeine containing drinks daily by up to 11 %.
-A new research has found that coffee could cut the risk of skin cancer. 6 cups of caffeinated coffee daily lowered the likelihood of developing skin cancer by 35 %, while 2-3 cups lowered it by 12 %. Caffeine is believed to impede cells dividing in the tumor, or to work as an antioxidant. One research found coffee and exercising fight against sun-induced skin cancer by 400 %.
-Caffeine gets women in the mood for sex, especially in moderate amounts and when the women are not heavy drinkers. The chemical is also known to increase excitability in men


-Caffeine causes sleep disturbances. Don't even think about drinking coffee or other caffeine containing beverages before sleep. And remember that the alkaloid needs 12 hours to be completely eliminated from your body.
-High coffee consumption (more than three cups per day for years) increases loss of bone mineral density. Caffeine is a mild diuretic, speeding up the urination cycle, but "steals" calcium which is lost through urine. Long term, heavy caffeine use leads to a rapid development of osteoporosis.
-Coffee can kill you! Just as any other drug, in small amounts, caffeine (and coffee) is a stimulant. But the coffee plant synthesizes the alkaloid with the purpose of killing�its natural consumers. The grazer eating too much coffee will die. We, too, may be killed. The uncontrolled heart beats are the prelude of a heart attack.


Hopefully, that doesn't scare you too much. Instead of smoking that blunt tonight, why not toke up with a hot cup of coffee? Eh?

You're mocha choca lata ya-ya,

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