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PROS AND CONS OF COFFE CONSUMPTION
COFFEE CONTAINS ANTIOXIDANTS, VITAMINS AND MINERALS AND A FEW DIETARY PROTEINS.
Research shows coffee consumption has reduces the risk of some diseases and ailments, including:
Type 2 diabetes
Cancer - oral, esophageal and pharyngeal
Heart rhythm problems
Cirrhosis of the liver
Caffeine increases the effectiveness of certain types of painkillers; act as a stimulant
GOOD FOR THE GARDEN: Used coffee grounds benefit many plants, adding nitrogen to the soil.
WOMEN who drank at lease 5 cups a day were 57% less likely to have estrogen receptor-negative cancers than those who drank less than a cup a day. Heavy coffee drinkers had 20% less risks of contracting any kind of breast cancer when age was taken into account.
MEN who drank at least 6 cups a day were 60% less likely than non-coffee drinkers to develop the most lethal form of prostate cancer. They were 20% less likely to develop any form of the disease. Men who drank 1-3 cups per day were 30% less likely to develop the deadliest form of prostate cancer.
EVEN THOUGH CAFFEINE CAN HAVE POSITIVE EFFECTS, OVERCONSUMPTION MAY CAUSE NEGATIVE RESULTS.
Negative effects may include:
Changes in sleep pattern
May cause auditory hallucinations
Hampers absorption of some minerals and vitamins, such as magnesium, zinc and iron
Can raise blood pressure
Mild diuretic could lead to dehydration and a loss of vitamins B and C as well as calcium, iron and zinc
Can stain teeth
Acids can aggravate heartburn
ROASTING THE BEANS:
Coffee contains hundreds of compounds, some brought out during the roasting process; some brought out during the roasting process; some of the carcinogens produced by the high heat of roasting include cresote, pyrimidine, tars and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
Coffee is among crops most heavily sprayed with pesticides.
AVERAGE CAFFEINE CONTENT PER CUP (IN MG):
Drip coffee 115-175
Decaf, brewed 3-4
Decaf, instant 2-3
POSSIBLE WEIGHT GAIN (CAL.):
Whipped cream (4 oz) 77
Mocha, caramel (per pump) 25
Sugar packet 15
Flavored creamer (1 Tbsp.) 15-35
Whole milk (2 Tbsp.) 18
Nonfat milk (2 Tbsp.) 11
Soy milk (2 Tbsp.) 17