For millions of people, a day without coffee is a day without energy. But could you actually be dangerously addicted to caffeine? Dr. Mehmet Oz dished up the truth about caffeine addiction on his Sept. 18 talk show. Plus: Find out how coffee and tea measure up when it comes to weight loss and healthy diets.
Meet Tracy, who relies on coffee to power her through the day. She drinks four cups before work, and then drinks more coffee when she gets home from work. But Tracy admits that she experiences dehydration and sleeping problems. And while caffeine intake should be less than 400 mg daily, Tracy is gulping down 1,140 mg.
Dr. Oz says that someone such as Tracy suffers from caffeine addiction. But quitting caffeine too quickly can result in symptoms such as migraines. For that reason, addiction expert Dr. Mike Dow suggests using a 28-day caffeine detox. Cut caffeine by 25 percent the first week, then another 25 percent the second week and then another 25 percent the third week. By the fourth week, you should be caffeine-free.
Rather than drink coffee for energy in the morning, Dr. Oz suggests using protein such as omelets. Herbal coffees also are available to replace the desire for a hot beverage.
Some studies, however, have shown that both coffee and tea do offer multiple benefits. When it comes to weight loss, green tea has been shown to reduce body fat and help you shed pounds. However, coffee appears to be more helpful in reducing the appetite.
For preventing diabetes and depression, coffee also seems to be more effective. And for Parkinson’s disease, both coffee and tea can provide some level of protection. But the key to taking advantage of these studies: Keep your intake moderate, limiting it to the 400 mg recommended by Dr. Oz.
Seeking something special when it comes to your coffee? A clever entrepreneur has come up with a waffle cone for holding your java, reported USA Today on Sept. 17.
Alfred Coffee & Kitchen, located in Los Angeles coffee shop, concocted the four-ounce waffle cups, which are coated with three layers of chocolate. “People love them, adore them,” said store manager Ashlee Lawson.
Adding to the intrigue, the edible coffee cups aren’t listed on the menu. In-the-know customers must request the “Alfred cone.” You can get an espresso for $8 and a macchiato for $9. The up side: Feeling good about the environment.
Zia Valentina, an all-natural granita company that makes the cups, developed the concept in a search for an eco-friendly cup. The creators are experimenting with other versions. No word yet on whether they’re a Dr. Oz-approved treat.