Apple vs Coffee: what really wakes you up?
I really enjoy my cup of coffee every morning. But come 12pm, I start to crash. Then I eat lunch and I’m even worse! Recently, someone told me an apple in place of a cup of coffee in the morning has the same wake up effect, but without the mid-day drop. Well, before you go replacing the coffee machine with a bowl of fruit, here are some points to consider:
- Caffeine is addictive. Apples are not.
- Caffeine is a stimulant that can ward off drowsiness and restore alertness.
- Apples contain fructose, a simple sugar that is delivered slowly throughout your system—so it won’t give you the shakes.
- Caffeine side effects include nervousness, irritability, restlessness, insomnia, headaches, and heart palpitations.
- The Michigan Department of Agriculture started the rumor that apples can have the same effect as caffeine, claiming that chewing, smelling, and enjoying an apple was an equally effective (and healthier) way to wake up than shocking your body with caffeine. Great marketing ploy guys.
- Too much coffee can cause caffeine intoxication (see below), sleep disorders, and anxiety. But, but but but but…it is also known to reduce symptoms of depression. So cheer up already!
- Apples are green, red, and yellow. Coffee is brown.
Conclusion: Both will give you a morning boost, but the claim that apples are “just as effective” at waking you up falls short compared to a shot of sweet caffeine. And how many people are jumping out of bed with thoughts of apples? Coffee is our morning choice, but WARNING: abuse will cause some serious health issues. Enjoy in moderation, or end up a twitching, trembling mess like this guy:
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