I can say with confidence that I’m now addicted to coffee. It’s become a part of my daily routine. A cup or two in the morning, then usually another from Starbucks in the late afternoon. I would say it’s the caffeine that I’m addicted to, but I feel like I can easily go without a red bull or a can of coke. Maybe I’m wrong, but it feels like there’s something more to a cup of coffee then a quick shot of energy. I just can’t pin down exactly what it is. Maybe it’s the social aspect? Maybe there’s more?
I feel better when I’ve had my morning cup of coffee. I feel worse when I have a Red Bull or Monster energy drink. With coffee I feel that I’m more focused and productive. That’s just not the case with the energy drinks.
I’ve read plenty about the benefits of drinking coffee. Apparently it’s the top source of antioxidants in American’s diets. It can potentially help prevent Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, colon cancer and diabetes.
Then again it also puts you at a higher risk for heart disease. If you drink too much, the caffeine can temporarily stiffen your arterial walls. That’s scary stuff.
So what’s your take? Say I drink 3 cups of coffee a day – two in the morning, one in the afternoon. Do the pros of coffee outweigh the cons? Or am I just making my heart a ticking time bomb?