6 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee

Introduction

Are you part of the 54% of Americans that take part in attempting to rejuvenate your body through a liquid dose of caffeine? In other words…do you like coffee? More than half of people in the United States over the age of 18 do, but what are they actually doing to their bodies? Here are six facts about the energy-inducing substance that you might be surprised to find out.

Disease Control

Coffee has often received a bad rap, having been said to be bad for your health. But that is just not true in many cases. Actually, if you are a person that drinks coffee pretty often, and have for a while, you may have a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes. Coffee can also help prevent the progression of other diseases such as liver cancer and cirrhosis.

Heart Healthy?

Along with disease, this magical bean not at all harmful to your heart or linked to causing strokes. All too often, coffee itself is blamed for heart problems or stroke, but it’s not the bean that should be blamed. Many times it is an overdose of caffeine inside the coffee that harms the body and causes these problems. Try decaf, next time.

Coffee Overdose?

The average cup of coffee is about 9 oz. In a Starbucks medium-sized coffee, or Grande as the kids say it, contains about 330 mg of caffeine. It is possible to overdose on coffee, but in order to consume a lethal amount of caffeine by these measurements you would need to drink just over 50 Starbucks Grandes.

It won’t actually stunt your growth

Contrary to popular belief, coffee will not stunt your growth, so drink up kids! The only reason people believe this is because the caffeine in coffee stimulates the central nervous system, but you can’t really stop growing from a few cups o’ joe.

Coffee could actually make you tired

Next time you’re trying to pull an all-nighter, keep this little tidbit in mind. Coffee is a liquid, so drinking it will make you have to use the bathroom. When this happens, you lose more and more water, dehydrating your body by causing blood to thicken and make you feel slow and tired. Paired with the stimulating effects of caffeine, the crash after the high is even harder.

Coffee can be harmful to your teeth

We all know coffee stains your teeth. In fact, teeth staining can occur after only one cup of coffee a day! Other than that frightful insight, it can also lead to tooth and enamel erosion, causing your teeth to become thin and brittle.

As you’re getting ready for work, pulling an all-nighter, or just need a little pick-me-up, keep these facts about coffee in the back of your mind. Always drink water, but if that coffee-pot is calling your name, too,  go into that first sip armed with information.