The Truth about Your Morning Coffee FixUpdated: August 23, 2018 Healthy Living
Or, that the lethal dose of caffeine in a human is about 100 cups of coffee in four hours and that coffee affects the same area of the brain as cocaine, amphetamines and heroin – just with milder effects?
These and many other interesting factoids about coffee are contained in the infographic below sent to me and used with permission by a reader in Ireland.
While an occasional cup of Joe isn’t going to do any harm, addictive drinking of coffee via a daily coffee fix definitely has health consequences. This is especially true for those with coffee drinkers with gluten intolerance.
Another thing to watch out for is commercial lattes which contain unhealthful GMOs with every single sip.
Why Tea Isn’t As Addictive as Coffee
I myself do not do well drinking coffee and so have avoided it all my life (although I adore the smell!).
I drink green tea on an occasional basis instead and find that the caffeine in tea doesn’t bother me like coffee does. This is likely because the caffeine in tea binds to the tannins and L-theanine, a water soluble amino acid, at the time it is brewed.
These bonds requires more time to metabolize than unbound caffeine, so the absorption of caffeine into the bloodstream is slower and more gradual with tea than the rapid caffeine absorption and immediate rush of adrenaline that occurs with coffee, chocolate and caffeinated sodas.
If you are looking to reduce coffee consumption, green tea is a good alternative to wean yourself off. Other healthy coffee alternatives are discussed (with recipes) in the linked article. My personal favorite is rooibus tea.
What factoid in the infographic below on the truth about your morning coffee fix did you find most interesting?
Graphic on The Truth About Your Morning Coffee Fix used with permission: Evoke Food.
The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.