Coffee has health benefits! Yay! Let’s face it, most of us are bleary-eyed, staggering when we first wake up in the morning with feet dragging. Yet when the delightfully delicious and oh so amazing scent of coffee tickles our nostrils, we break, sigh and lean in the direction of it. Recent studies show that drinking up to three 8-ounce cups of coffee a day has proven health benefits, not only is the aroma of coffee a great eye-opener. Let’s peek at a few.
1. It helps combat infection. Caffeine can help protect our brain cells from exposure to Parkinson’s, autism, and Alzheimer’s. In addition, the coffee’s antioxidants could also help prevent liver disease.
2. It gives a boost to the mind. Coffee makes you conscious when you feel drowsy otherwise. Try to drink a cup before a test or if you have a long drive to keep your mind fresh and alert.
3. Help you to lose weight. The intake of caffeine can improve the metabolism and the cycle of fat burning, which also helps to reduce the risk of obesity. You can also choose one of the lowest-calorie drinks.
4. Lower diabetes risk. Drinking only one cup of coffee a day — caffeinated or decaf— could reduce the risk of diabetes by 13%. Around 12 cups a day, though, the chance of diabetes is rising by 67%. While these findings are impressive, you must consult your doctor before taking the challenge of 12 cups a day and drinking caffeine in balance at all times.
5. Coffee can helps with depression. People who eat four or more cups of coffee a day are 10% less likely to be depressed than someone who doesn’t drink coffee at all, a new report by the National Institutes of Health and the AARP says. Oddly enough, the same effects are not present in other caffeinated drinks, such as colas whose customers are associated with a higher risk of depression. Because studies show that black coffee has the greatest advantages, it may be the high content of cola sugar that puts its customers at such a high risk of depression.
6. It may be great for your liver. Studies suggest that caffeine helps balance the liver itself. The risk of a person contracting primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare autoimmune disease that can lead to liver cirrhosis, liver failure, and even cancer, is decreased with regular coffee intake, the Mayo Clinic said this month. A similar 22-year survey of 125 K people also showed that those who drank at least one cup of coffee a day were less likely to develop alcoholic cirrhosis by 20 percent.
Coffee can be just the super-juice you need with your daily morning breakfast with its brain and metabolism-enhancing energy as well as its infection and illness combating properties. You now have a whole different (and beneficial) set of reasons to bring behind that argument when you say you need your day.
*Remember that if you have high blood pressure, depression, or over-active thyroid, you might want to check with your doctor before you drink coffee. Therefore, if you have trouble sleeping, it is best to avoid the intake of caffeine at least 4 hours before bedtime.*
Coffee: Facts, Myths, Trivia
It’s not easily given up for those who enjoy it. Maybe because this drink is so popular, it’s surrounded by facts, myths, and trivia. Some are real, some are not, and some are myths that are just interesting.
So let’s look at some of the coffee-related facts, theories, and trivia!
Coffee Shops Are A Modern Invention
You may assume that coffee houses and coffee shops are a modern invention, but in truth, King Charles II of England imposed a ban on coffee houses back in 1675! The explanation behind the ban? King Charles II was fearful that his rivals would scheme against him in these coffee houses.
Coffee Add Chocolate
You probably think of a drink that is a mixture of chocolate and coffee if you hear “mocha.” But in fact, “Mocha” is Yemen’s port name, and this is where coffee beans are shipped from Africa. But “Mocha” has to do with the root of the drinking coffee bean, not whether it contains chocolate or not.
How Much Coffee Is That?
The United States is the world’s top coffee-consuming country, consuming 400 million cups a day.
Espresso vs. Cappuccino vs. Latte
First, espresso does not refer to the form of coffee beans, but rather to the way it is prepared. It is necessary to make coffee by pressing a specific amount of hot water into very fine-ground coffee beans to be called espresso. It creates a type of coffee that is very concentrated.
Cappuccino or lattes are chocolate drinks made from the foundation of espresso. It is said that the name “cappuccino” refers to the frothy, pointed, white top which resembles the white hood of the habit of the Capuchin friars. A latte is made without the topping of coffee or steamed milk.
No one can tell you that coffee does not grow on trees, because it does! Coffee trees can live for up to 100 years, and it takes about five years to start harvesting coffee beans from the tree. One tree produces approximately one pound of coffee a year. Creating a pound takes around 2000 raw coffee beans.
A Joe Cup
People are always asking why coffee is sometimes called Joe. In the early 1900s, Admiral Josephus “Joe” Daniels banned all Navy ships from liquor, so the sailors turned to coffee named after him in honor of his prohibitions.
One Or Two Beans?
Round and smooth coffee “drinks” and whole coffee beans. They split in half when they were roasted So, in a box of un-ground coffee, the coffee beans you see are actually half-beans.
Fuel And Coffee
In addition to fuel, coffee is the world’s second-largest traded commodity.
In December 1865, just six days before the New Year, James Mason invented the coffee percolator.
Coffee Helps The Brain
Memory Enhance A 2005 study showed that coffee enhances memory, and a follow-up study showed that long-term memory-enhancing benefits might be possible.
Coffee is surrounded by the mythology of all sorts-some are legends, some are a reality, and some are just plain fun. Enjoy the next cup of Joe!