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February 8, 2012

01:59

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Coffee is an almost universal human beverage. It's so commonplace, it transcends language. It is essential to those who sacrifice precious morning minutes in long line-ups, or go out of their way to buy only the best fair trade beans, or find the deepest satisfaction in the tiniest of espressos.

The need for coffee, in the end, is driven by caffeine, a pharmaceutical. As with any drug, health concerns arise in cases of abuse. Caffeine pills and energy drinks are a problem (and apparently a murder defense), as is excessive coffee drinking, which is defined as anything over three small cups per day.

But what about moderate consumption? Are there risks to having a manageable addiction to java? Science in Seconds percolates on the subject.

Host: Rheanna Sand

Photo credits: All photos were gathered from Wikimedia Commons and are copyright free.

References:
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/food-aliment/caffeine-eng.php

http://www.foodinsight.org/Content/6/Caffeine_women.pdf
http://health.howstuffworks.com/caffeine5.htm

YOUR COMMENTS

Chris Buzon on September 23, 2010
This makes me very, very, VERY happy.
*sips espresso*

Ahhhh....

Plus, it just tastes great.
Rheanna Sand September 23, 2010
I, too, am very happy... *slurp*
Cathy Bodmer on September 29, 2010
I hardly ever drink coffee so I feel like I would be better off if I did.
rancho gotta coffee estate on January 26, 2011
Thanks lord you consumers are realizing the benefits of drink our precious.
Don let the speculators lie to you again as happened in the begining of this decade.
wazscience on December 09, 2011
so, i drank close to 100 cups of coffee( equivalent based on the coffe jar label) to help me study for my finals, does that make me invincible

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