Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us

Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us

by Murray Carpenter
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Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us by Murray Carpenter

“You’ll never think the same way about your morning cup of coffee.”—Mark McClusky, editor in chief of and author of Faster, Higher, Stronger

Journalist Murray Carpenter has been under the influence of a drug for nearly three decades. And he’s in good company, because chances are you’re hooked, too. Humans have used caffeine for thousands of years. A bitter white powder in its most essential form, a tablespoon of it would kill even the most habituated user. This addictive, largely unregulated substance is everywhere—in places you’d expect (like coffee and chocolate) and places you wouldn’t (like chewing gum and fruit juice), and Carpenter reveals its impact on soldiers, athletes, and even children. It can make you stronger, faster, and more alert, but it’s not perfect, and its role in health concerns like obesity and anxiety will surprise you.

Making stops at the coffee farms of central Guatemala, a synthetic caffeine factory in China, and an energy shot bottler in New Jersey, among numerous other locales around the globe, Caffeinated exposes the high-stakes but murky world of caffeine, drawing on cutting-edge science and larger-than-life characters to offer an unprecedented understanding of America’s favorite drug.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698148505
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/13/2014
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 598,712
File size: 813 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

MURRAY CARPENTER has reported caffeine-related stories for the New York Times, Wired, National Geographic, NPR, and PRI’s The World. He has also written for the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor and other media outlets. He holds a degree in psychology from the University of Colorado and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, and has worked as a medical lab assistant in Ohio, a cowboy in Colombia, a farmhand in Virginia, and an oil-exploring “juggie” in Wyoming. He lives in Belfast, Maine.


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Mik3MF More than 1 year ago
This is a book that is properly researched and clearly written by a journalist. It's not some crusade but filled with interesting things about my drug of choice. Yes, it exposes another troubling layer of those greedy industries that are world wide institutions, like the soft drink industry, and the sell out of our own government in favor of corporations rather than the protection of our citizens' health. It exposes China's almost total lack of even reasonable safety and health precautions in the manufacture of artificial caffeine that is used to make almost every soda and "energy" drink around. It tells about the beneficial uses of caffeine by soldiers, athletes, and you and me. It is really interesting and balanced. And you will be amazed how expensive a cup of Keurig coffee really is, compared to almost everyone else.