Alternatives to Coffee

| January/February 2002

  • Reduce your consumption of the addictive brew with tasty herbal alternatives to coffee.
  • Reduce your consumption of the addictive brew with tasty herbal alternatives to coffee.


• Chicory Coffee Substitute 

• Healthy Mocha Recipe 

What would you do for a cup of coffee? According to food historian Martin Elkort, author of The Secret Life of Food (Putnam, 1991), “Sultan Selim I of Persia had his doctors hanged when they had the temerity to suggest he give up his daily cup.” You probably wouldn’t go so far, though you may feel like Joseph Cotten—-from the Hitchcock movie Shadow of a Doubt—-whose famous line was, “I can’t face the world in the morning. I must have coffee before I can speak.” If so, you’re not alone.

Half of all American adults start their mornings with at least one cup of coffee, down from 74.7 percent in 1962. How many people does this amount to? “Today, nearly 100 million American adults drink three or more cups of coffee each day,” says researcher and clinical nutritionist Stephen Cherniske, author of Caffeine Blues (Warner, 1998), a look at America’s number-one addiction.

Cherniske catalogs evidence linking the cumulative adverse effects of caffeine (particularly coffee) consumption to a host of health problems: asthma, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anemia, calcium loss, osteoporosis, PMS, fibrocystic breast disease, fertility and conception disorders, complications of pregnancy and childbirth, diabetes, glaucoma, digestive disorders, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, tension headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, heart disease, and certain cancers.

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5/26/2014 10:05:18 AM

In the past I used to brew my own coffee beans in the mornings but this takes too much time and now I prefer to drink coffee from Now I can sleep longer in the mornings and when I wake up I can enjoy the amazing flavor of Ferris coffee.

3/16/2014 3:38:59 AM

I could not possibly!! I would not know what to do... what is a person expected to do when they can't have a coffee to wake up in the morning.

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