May 9, 2012 posted by

More Fun With Coffee

And now I’m not going to lose my memory either. Sheesh, the coffee/tea/caffeine studies exalting its benefits seem to hit the wires daily these days. Good thing I like my mine black as midnight on a moonless night.


The scientists from the Centre for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra in Portugal, whose work was published in the journal PLoS, showed that the long-term consumption of caffeine reduced weight gain and high blood sugar levels, as well as preventing memory loss, probably due to its interfering with the neurodegeneration caused by toxic sugar levels.

This hot on the heels of an article I just wrote, 10 Things To Like And Not Like About Coffee, which among many other things contained this nugget:

From Harvard Health, “The latest research has not only confirmed that moderate coffee consumption doesn’t cause harm, it’s also uncovered possible benefits. Studies show that the risk for type 2 diabetes is lower among regular coffee drinkers than among those who don’t drink it. Also, coffee may reduce the risk of developing gallstones, discourage the development of colon cancer, improve cognitive function, reduce the risk of liver damage in people at high risk for liver disease, and reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Coffee has also been shown to improve endurance performance in long-duration physical activities.”

So coffee is good for you. This is nothing every David Lynch fan in the world hasn’t known for years. What I find most odd is how it gets lumped into the category with garbage like soda and gas station cuisine. In fact, I happen to live among a populace that claims to have a divine document stating that coffee is evil but Coke is holy. It’s no friggin’ wonder our biggest threat to extinction is no longer nuclear war but expanding waistlines.


  • I wish there were more studies looking at how caffeine is delivered. When I drink teas and coffee, I definitely feel a caffeine rush, but it comes and goes more slowly than when I drink a soda with an equivalent amount of caffeine. When cutting down or eliminating caffeine, the first thing I tell people to do is monitor how much they are actually getting and then switch to coffee and tea (if they are drinking sodas) to get the same amount before tapering off. For whatever reason, sodas really leave me wanting more and more, while natural sources do not. Maybe it's the artificial sweeteners and other chemicals? Maybe its because the caffeine is "refined" some way before it is added? In either case, I am curious if other people have experienced differences is caffeine sources, even when the number of miligrams is the same.

  • The divine document does NOT say coke is holy.

  • The divine document you refer to does NOT say coke is holy.

  • Okay, I'm being flippant but once the church bought stock in a soda company the no caffeinated drinks changed to no hot caffeinated drinks so some artistic license feels okay to me. I'll bet if a statistical analysis could be done you'd find this the single biggest cause of health deterioration in the local demographic (even higher than abuse of prescription meds, which are double the national rate in the great state of Utah, so that's saying something. The difference between tea and coffee vs soda on your health is staggering. On the up side, we're still the fittest state in the country, and that's just plain scary.

  • The very devout Mormons I know still don't drink caffeinated pop. Only root beer. I'll check and see if this changed.

  • Looks like I'm late to the Mormom crusade against caffeine in tea and coffee. My wife works for several Mormons and they have no problem with diet colas, but for some reason the tea and coffee are marked for hellbound.

  • Love you Steve and love when your flippant. Keep the truth coming!

  • Coffee is great.God is great.Therefore, Coffee is God. Great!My logic is unimpeachable.J

  • Steve, I'm getting ready for the X2/Asylum hybrid in a week. When I did X2 I'd do extra cardio on one of the recovery days (I still like 6 as oppose to 5 days). I notice for the hybri you do more cardio and only 2 days of total body in the 1st phase. Would it be ok to add another total body day from X+ or X2 on my recovery day? Or would I be toying too much with over training? I like to go hard, but also want to avoid being counterproductive.

  • It's personal and depends what you can handle. There's no strict line on overtraining and that volume is certainly going to be okay for some people, so you might be one of them. While you should be sore and tired you should get better over time. If you start feeling listless and feel as though you aren't recovering that is a sign you should back off.

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