By Murray Carpenter
“You’ll by no means imagine a similar method approximately your morning cup of coffee.”—Mark McClusky, editor in leader of Wired.com and writer of Faster, greater, Stronger
Journalist Murray wood worker has been lower than the effect of a drug for almost 3 many years. And he’s in sturdy corporation, simply because likelihood is you’re hooked, too. people have used caffeine for hundreds of thousands of years. A sour white powder in its so much crucial shape, a tablespoon of it can kill even the main habituated person. This addictive, principally unregulated substance is everywhere—in locations you’d anticipate (like espresso and chocolate) and areas you wouldn’t (like chewing gum and fruit juice), and wood worker unearths its influence on infantrymen, athletes, or even kids. it might make you more desirable, speedier, and extra alert, yet it’s now not excellent, and its position in wellbeing and fitness issues like weight problems and nervousness will shock you.
Making stops on the espresso farms of crucial Guatemala, a man-made caffeine manufacturing facility in China, and an strength shot bottler in New Jersey, between a variety of different locales around the world, Caffeinated exposes the high-stakes yet murky global of caffeine, drawing on state-of-the-art technological know-how and larger-than-life characters to supply an unheard of figuring out of America’s favourite drug.
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Caffeinated_ How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us by Murray Carpenter