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#1 Old 11-07-2006, 06:19 AM
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I know, I know! We could debate about this all day. However, I am not looking for a debate, but recently I have begun to drink some coffee. So, I and wanting to know: Is coffee good or bad for you?



(I searched google, and I honestly have not found a straight answer yet! I only drink one cup a day, as that is all I brew. - I put 1 tbsn of grounds into a filter and rubber-band it over a cup, then pour hot water into it. It seems to work nicely.)
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#2 Old 11-07-2006, 06:48 AM
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I'd say the bad outweighs the good. But that's just my opinion.
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Coffee's a bit addicting and the bad outweighs the good. Coffee seems to increase stomach acidity and can upset your natural sleep patterns.
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It's said to be both beneficial and detrimental to your health depending how much of it you drink. I dont think one cup per day is much to worry about.
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I love coffee, then again I can just crunch away and eat coffee beans stimulent though so it = me being passed out asleep when I do that.
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Generally it's not great for you, but nonetheless I rely on my one cup in the morning. I've been drinking it since I was very young though (at restaurants with breakfast specials that came with coffee, my mom always made us get the coffee rather than order us a separate oj or something because the coffee was "free" )



I don't think it's going to be horrible for you if you just have the one cup a day, but then if someone asked me whether or not they should add coffee to their coffee-free diet I'd definitely say no.
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i'd say the good outweighs the bad, from a scientific standpoint.



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#8 Old 11-07-2006, 08:13 AM
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So how much for one cup?



I ask because I am doing a paper on the effects of coffee, and part of the paper is on my own experience with it. However, I just started drinking coffee a while ago. Is one tablespoon of grounds too much? (To 8 oz water.) What do you guys use?
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A little won't harm you, but don't drink it late at night if you want to sleep(keeps you awake) or with meals, as it can inhibit nutrient absorbtion(I think half an hour, at least, after is ok though).



You could always try decaf if you like it just for the flavour!
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So how much for one cup?



I ask because I am doing a paper on the effects of coffee, and part of the paper is on my own experience with it. However, I just started drinking coffee a while ago. Is one tablespoon of grounds too much? (To 8 oz water.) What do you guys use?



Does this make the coffee really dark, or really light? Try going to half a tablespoon. If that's too light, increase.
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Oh, also, you can get a plastic filter that just sits on your mug. You buy paper filters to put in them, add coffee, then boiling water. I used to use them all the time in University.



And, now that I think of it, it was more like 1-2 tablespoons for one mug for me. Ignore that thing about half a tablespoon.
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Thanks for the help, guys!



The 1 tablespoon method seems to be working nicely, I am just one of those worriers that constantly worries about the bad of things (such as coffee as related to caffeine, which is funny because I found out that the coffee that I do have is decaf.)



Elena: Where could I get one of these amazing inventions? Sounds easier than my make shift one.
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Jesus Gooooood.... Coffee baaaaaad.....
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In moderation it's not bad for you. But due to its addictiveness, it can be difficult to keep it "in moderation." Personally I find that it increases my energy short term, then causes me to crash long term, kinda like sugar. And it really messes up my sleeping patterns, even if only drunk/drinken(?) in the morning. And hurts my stomach.



My advice? Do what you want, but don't mix alcohol and coffee . . now that is bad!! Unless you enjoy being buzzed/jittery simultaneously.

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This is my exact experience with coffee. If you have problems with anxiety and panic attacks, it will aggravate your condition too.



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In moderation it's not bad for you. But due to its addictiveness, it can be difficult to keep it "in moderation." Personally I find that it increases my energy short term, then causes me to crash long term, kinda like sugar. And it really messes up my sleeping patterns, even if only drunk/drinken(?) in the morning. And hurts my stomach.



My advice? Do what you want, but don't mix alcohol and coffee . . now that is bad!! Unless you enjoy being buzzed/jittery simultaneously.

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Oh yeah, you can buy those amazing inventions from Walmart (I saw one today). Or if you don't want to support the beast, perhaps a Canadian Tire or Zellers would carry it. Oh wait those are Canadian companies, hmm. Well you get the idea.

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Oh..... Amazing invention=plastic filter that fits in your mug.
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Coffee tastes like ****.

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Aussyj- If 1 tbsp per cup suits you I would stick with that.

Those plastic inventions (I use the Melita brand) are great inventions, I couldn't go camping without them!



I'm a coffee head all the way (although I'm drinking yerba mate' right now). I work in a vegetarian coffeehouse (we only sell organic and fair trade coffees) and love it!



There are benefits and drawbacks... I personally think it depends on the person, I certainly wish on occasion I was able to cut people off from the coffee the way I can cut them off from alcohol (we have a broad selection of beers and several wines).



As much as I love good organic coffee, and love to drink it regularly, I do find it important to detox from it from time to time.



I find the Ethopian beans to be my favorite (Sidamo, Harrar, Yrgacheffe?) They are very low acid without sacrificing that rich nutty flavor.



I haven't yet personally verified it yet but latest coffee gossip I heard is that it helps liver health for those that like to have a drink or two on a regular basis.



mmmm.... coffee
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thanks for the website catswym



i found my rumor under coffee and liver cirrhosis... looks like more than a handfull of studies agree...



i look forward to browsing more of that website.



thanks
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Thanks for the help, guys!



The 1 tablespoon method seems to be working nicely, I am just one of those worriers that constantly worries about the bad of things (such as coffee as related to caffeine, which is funny because I found out that the coffee that I do have is decaf.)



Elena: Where could I get one of these amazing inventions? Sounds easier than my make shift one.



You're in the US, right? Umm, try any department store that has a housewares section. Oh, maybe Target. Or Kmart. A place like that.
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Oh yeah, forgot to mention that coffee is bad for vegetarians because it decreases the body's ability to absorb iron. I don't know if this holds true for regular coffee only, or if decaf has the same effects, but it should be drank between meals if it's a concern for you.

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don't mix alcohol and coffee . . now that is bad!! Unless you enjoy being buzzed/jittery simultaneously.



that wouldn't even make a dent on me



which probably isnt a good thing

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don't mix alcohol and coffee . . now that is bad!! Unless you enjoy being buzzed/jittery simultaneously.



Eugh, amen to THAT hahaha
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Coffee is high in antioxidants and I've heard that drinking coffee can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The biggest concerns with coffee afaik, are caffeine and teeth staining... and, of course, if it upsets your stomach which it does some people!

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Oh yeah, forgot to mention that coffee is bad for vegetarians because it decreases the body's ability to absorb iron. .

It does that to everyone not just vegetarians, but tea also has the same effect and some veggies.

That in itself is not a worry unles your diet is bad and you are drinking the coffee with your meals.

I would not worry about that, I drink tea like there is no tomarrow , with my meals and I love to crunch of coffee beans yet I can still donate blood fine.
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I seem to hear a lot about coffee in moderation as being good for you (recently I've read two studies, one about reducing risk of Type II diabetes, and another saying there may be a protective effect on the liver). But this is for about 1-2 cups a day, and not excessive amounts.



Personally, if you're not already addicted to it, I wouldn't recommend it on a regular basis: caffeine addiction is annoying. If I miss my coffee one morning, I am guaranteed to have a headache later in the day that can become a migraine. So I basically have to have coffee every day. Right now I'm working on adding some decaf to it to try to wean myself off of it.
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That website seems to be supported by Nestle and Sara Lee and others who may have an interest in selling coffee.



The book Skinny ***** had a section about coffee being bad for you. It said it makes your body acidic.



Personally, I gave up coffee several months ago. I was severely addicted - still am, I guess, since I really miss it.
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It does that to everyone not just vegetarians, but tea also has the same effect and some veggies.

That in itself is not a worry unles your diet is bad and you are drinking the coffee with your meals.

I would not worry about that, I drink tea like there is no tomarrow , with my meals and I love to crunch of coffee beans yet I can still donate blood fine.



Oh yeah it does that to everyone. But apparantly it only affects the absorption of non-heme iron. Absorption of Heme iron (found in animal products) is not affected by coffee, therefore vegetarians need to worry about it more than, say, a hardcore meat-eater.



Oh wait, according to my book, it's the tannins in coffee that block iron absorption. But green and black teas have an even greater effect than coffee does for blocking iron. Gah! So coffee is better than tea, in terms of that. Damn! Anyway, I just found that my iron levels were fine until I started drinking coffee by the pot every day. So who knows. I am just rambling now.

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I usually have coffee about an hour before I eat. Is that enough time for it not to interfere?
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