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Some Facts About Coffee

Posted by cotojo on June 21, 2007

Coffee Beans

Coffee is the most popular drink in the world – two billions cups are drunk every day

Coffee grows in more than 50 countries and is the second largest export in the world after oil (in dollar value)

It is thought that the coffee tree originated in the province of Kaffa, in the area known today as Ethiopia

Coffee was first known in Europe as Arabian Wine

The heavy tax on tea imposed in 1773 by Britain resulted in America switching from mainly drinking tea to coffee

To drink coffee was an expression of freedom


For most people, moderate consumption of coffee (up to four to five cups per day, or 400mg caffeine) is perfectly safe. At these levels, it doesn’t have any health risks, and as we can see below, it may have some benefits. It’s also very enjoyable!  


No – in fact, coffee in moderate amounts can contribute to your daily intake of fluid. Getting enough fluid is important ­the British Dietetic Association recommends a minimum of 1.5 – 2 litres of fluid a day (or 6-8 cups) for example water, milk, fruit juice, tea or coffee.  


In moderate amounts, there’s no evidence that caffeine carries a serious risk of addiction.  


Antioxidants ‘mop up’ free radicals and can prevent the damage they do. Free radicals are waste products which we get from being exposed to tobacco smoke, radiation and so on. They can damage the cells in our bodies, and in the long term may cause all sorts of medical problems, including heart disease and cancer. Coffee is one of the biggest sources of antioxidants in many people’s diet.

It is perfectly safe for the majority of people to drink four to five cups of coffee a day.  It is recommended that women who are pregnant or trying to conceive stick to 300mg of caffeine a day ­approximately three to four cups of coffee.  Advice about moderate consumption is based on the average amount of caffeine in a normal cup of coffee. Caffeine content can change depending on the size of your drink and how strong you like it.

Remember………caffeine is also found in other products such as tea, cola, sports drinks and chocolate  


It is very important that we drink plenty of fluid everyday to remain hydrated – drinking coffee does contribute to your daily fluid intake.

Caffeine is a mild diuretic in large amounts, but drinking a moderate amount of coffee is unlikely to have a diuretic effect on the body.



Coffee is a major source of dietary antioxidants

Antioxidants are thought to protect cells in the body from damage

Research indicates that coffee contains high levels of antioxidants compared to other popular drinks such as tea and fruit juice


Some research has suggested that drinking coffee on a regular basis may help protect against a range of diseases, including:

Liver cancer        

Type II diabetes

Alzheimer’s disease

Parkinson’s disease  


Drinking coffee can make you feel more alert and increase concentration – this can help when you feel tired or lethargic

If you feel drowsy when driving, find a safe place to stop and drink two cups of coffee, or a high caffeine drink, then take a short nap to let the caffeine kick in.


Drinking a cup of coffee with an ibuprofen tablet can increase the painkilling effect.

A cup of coffee can help relieve the symptoms of a cold.

Drinking coffee before going to the gym can increase your stamina.

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The Creation of Mothers

Posted by cotojo on June 20, 2007

By the time the Lord made mothers, He was into the sixth day of creation and working overtime.

An angel appeared and said: “Why are you spending so much time on this one?”

And the Lord answered and said, “Have you read the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; have 200 movable parts, all replaceable, run on black coffee and leftovers, have a lap that can hold three children at one time and that disappears when she stands up, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart, and have six pairs of hands.”

The angel was astounded at the requirements. “Six pairs of hands! ” said the angel.

The Lord replied, “Oh, it’s not the hands that are the big problem. It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have!”

“And that’s on the standard model?” the angel asked.

The Lord nodded and explained, “Yes… one pair of eyes are to see through the closed door as she asks her children what they are doing even though she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head, to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can. And the third pair are in the front of her head, for looking at a child with love and saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word.”

The angel tried to tell the Lord to take a break. “This is too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish.”

“But I can’t!” The Lord protested, “I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick AND can feed a family of six on a pound of mince and can get a nine-year-old to stand in the shower.”

The angel moved closer and touched the woman, “But you have made her so soft, Lord.”

“She is soft,” the Lord agreed, “but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish.”

“Will she be able to think?” asked the angel.

The Lord replied, “Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason, and negotiate.”

The angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman’s cheek. “Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one.”

“That’s not a leak” the Lord said. “That’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” the angel asked.

The Lord said, “The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her disappointment, her pain, her loneliness, her grief and her pride.”

The angel was impressed. “You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything for this one. You even created the tear!”

The Lord looked at the angel and smiled and said, “I’m afraid you are wrong again, my friend. I created the woman, but she created the tear.”

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