In the mornings, your body is already doing its thing to wake you up…and because of that, the caffeine in coffee isn’t really needed then. It’s best to wait until your body hits its natural lows, which are in the late morning and early afternoon, as this infographic shows. You can read more about the logic behind this idea over at Forbes.com.
Check out this cool false-color image of caffeine crystals, taken by a scanning electron microscope! Pretty neat. Check out more close up images at the Wellcome Image Awards.
Another study is indicating that coffee consumption can decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s. However, it’s not for the casual coffee drinker. Researchers found that people who drank around three cups of coffee a day had a better chance at avoiding or at least delaying the onslaught of Alzheimer’s. While the study was tracking caffeine levels as their correlation, previous studies have shown that caffeine alone does not provide these benefits…so it just goes to show how little we understand about what’s really going on here, and how more study is needed.
Still, I’m happy with any study that indicates that coffee consumption can be good for me! 🙂
Read more over at SmartPlanet.
I like this infographic…it provides a quick, visual reference for relative caffeine levels in different drinks. Most interestingly, note how low down on the caffeine scale espresso is compared to a tall cup of drip coffee from Starbucks! I don’t feel so bad about drinking four double shots a day now. 😉 Anyway, click through for the full image.
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If you seek out coffee merely for the caffeine, you might be interested in a new iPad/iPhone app called ‘Caffeine Zone‘. After setting up the app, you tell it when you consume caffeine, and it plots out a graph showing the caffeine level in your body over the next 24 hours. This will help you see when you’ll feel the sleepiest, the most active, etc. Useful as an educational experiment, in the day to day life, I think serious coffee drinkers eventually learn this on their own. They know how late they can drink coffee and still get a good night’s sleep. They know if they’re feeling tired. Etc.
Should kids drink coffee? Of course not, right? Well that’s what I USED to think. Sure, I’d let my daughter taste my espresso. Not a big deal. But I’d never dream of letting her drink much at such a young age. However, like everything in life, the reality is much more complicated. It turns out the the caffeine in coffee has much of the same effect as ADHD drugs like Ritalin, but obviously with different side effects. Using coffee to treat that is a bizarre application I’d never considered. There’s a really interesting article about this over at cafemom, check it out. Just keep in mind there are some potentially serious side effects of a kid having too much caffeine, so as always, consult your doctor before trying this (and expect him/her to discourage any caffeine consumption in kids). There’s another good article on this here.