To coffee or not to coffee? That is the real question.
I’ve done a healthy amount of researching, debating, pondering, and trying to convince myself that coffee is indeed healthy.
Much research will show that it is healthy. Unfortunately, like with most things, there is an opposite side to this equation. The research I’ve done, combined with the way coffee makes me feel, has led me to stop drinking it and most obvious forms of caffeine.
Trust me, I understand the feeling of looking for that cup of morning java, but it always begged me to wonder… What was behind that feeling of searching so hard for the first cup and the second? Why was it that when I didn’t drink any the hangover was (arguably) worse than any hangover imaginable? It’s widely known that caffeine is a drug, and a more natural lifestyle has led me to avoid caffeine as much as I can.
The positives of coffee and caffeine that are frequently promoted include lower risk of certain cancers, increased focus (at least while caffeinated), and some studies even point to a longer lifespan, among other things. All of these sound wonderful, correct?
I learned that coffee beans begin as seeds from the Coffea plant. That’s right, it starts as a plant! A plant means it’s healthy, right? Wonderful! I heard about how wonderful the seeds taste before we’ve processed them, arguably the best time to achieve the “amazing healthy benefits” associated with coffee.
And then I learned that coffee is one of the highest chemically sprayed crops.
And we roast most of the nutrients out of it. Then we package it in plastic and run a bunch of water through a piece of plastic (usually) while we heat it really hot, an issue for another article. Then we fill it full of sugar and cream (often). In the end, it seemed like I could get the health benefits from somewhere else.
So, the question remains, is coffee healthy or not? If you were looking for the answer here, you’re not going to find it. (Hey, come on, people have been searching for a long time and still can’t pinpoint it!) I avoid it now, but the decision is yours. Like always, do your own research, and work with what’s best for you!
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