Food and fashion
STOP!!!! I say STOP making food fashionable. There is the art of cooking and I can appreciate that, but I'm a bit tired of all this hype about latest healthy foods, coconuts and kale. Let's become inspired by the art of cooking, but let's go back to our roots and understand the true meaning of health and healthy eating. I remember my grandparents growing their own food, I remember as a child, mum always used to cook her food from scratch and never thought of buying pre-packed so called food from the store. The fruits and veggies were diliciously tasty and our meat was so organic that we didn't have to question the source. Now even organic isn't organic anymore, and the fruits and veggies..forget about real taste or quality! It's just sad that there is so much more info out there and yet we feel so confused. We don't know what's good or bad for our health and every year there is a new must have healthy eating book or a new superfood that's better than the one from previous years. Health shops are everywhere and that's great, but what are they selling is so overrated that average people with average income won't even step inside them. Food is not a trend, it's nurishment, it's life. So, I say STOP! Stop making food fashionable! This makes the price of Real Food go up and changes the true meaning of having it in our life.
That smell of coffee…
One of the most consumed beverage in the world, coffee is ubiquitous. It is the reason why we want to weak up in the morning, it brings people together, but it is still that thing that we are not sure about if is good or bad for our health.
What we know is that coffee is high in antioxidants, (similar proprieties like the healthy green tea) essential in fighting free radicals which can cause damage to our cells.
It contains caffeine, the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. Caffeine acts as a stimulant; it blocks the function of an inhibitory neurotransmitter a brain hormone called Adenosine and increases activity in the brain and the release of neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, making us feel more alert. Caffeine can cause a short-term boost in energy levels, brain function, metabolic rate and exercise performance.
Several studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease in old age, significantly lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, lower risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer, lower risk of becoming depressed and significantly less likely to commit suicide. Due to it’s important role in lowering risk of many diseases, coffee drinkers apparently live longer.
‘‘‘. . . coffee sets the blood in motion and stimulates the muscles; it accelerates the digestive processes, chases away sleep, and gives us the capacity to engage a little longer in the exercise of our intellects.’” “Honoré de Balzac (paraphrasing Brillat-Savarin)” “Traité des Excitants Modernes(1838), (translated from the French by Robert Onopa)”
Ok, so far we are convinced of the amazing properties and effects of coffee, but why does it have such a bad reputation amongst others?
Excessive ingestion leads to a state of intoxication known as caffeinism, which is characterised by restlessness, agitation, excitement, rambling thought and speech, and insomnia. These symptoms clearly overlap with those of many psychiatric disorders. Clinically, caffeine may be involved in the precipitation, exacerbation or maintenance of anxiety disorders. Sensitivity to caffeine is increased in people with panic disorder and social phobia, and administration of caffeine can provoke panic attacks in these individuals.
Caffeine is highly addictive, can lead to tolerance and withdrawal symptoms like headache, tiredness and irritability.
The psychological effects of caffeine are biphasic. Low doses produce stimulation, which is often perceived as desirable, whereas high doses can cause the unpleasant effects of caffeinism.
So should we or shouldn’t we drink coffee? Most probably you won’t stop or start drinking coffee due to all this evidence based information, because you either love it too much or you don’t. But being aware of the positive as well as negative can give you an insight of what coffee is and what it does to you and your brain in particular. So the decision is only yours ! I trust you will choose right!
1. Gunnars, K. Coffee: good or bad? Available at: http://authoritynutrition.com/coffee-good-or-bad/ . (Accessed: 27th August 2015)
2. Winston, A. Hardwick, E. et al. (2005) Neuropsychiatric effects of caffeine. Available at: http://apt.rcpsych.org/content/11/6/432.full (Accessed: 27th August 2015)
3. Larsson, S. Wolk, A. (2014) Coffee Consumption and risk of liver cancer: a meta-analysis. Available at: http://www.gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(07)00568-9/abstract?cc=y=&referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fauthoritynutrition.com%2Fcoffee-good-or-bad%2F (Accessed: 27th August 2015)
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