Now almost everything and anything is discussed over a cup of coffee. It’s become an international tradition.
Speaking of coffee, I remember that Folgers Coffee commercial theme song.
“The best part of waking up, with Folgers in your cup”
Waking up to the aroma of coffee gives us a sensational kick. But why are we so obsessed? What is it about coffee that has us storming back for more? Is it the caffeine or is it something else?
These are all good questions, so lets see what we can dig up.
Most people see coffee drinking, and the consumption of caffeine with it as an acceptable addiction.
However, there are some who are wary of putting coffee or caffeine in the same category as stronger addictions.
Let’s take a closer look to determine whether caffeine truly is addictive.
Coffee contains caffeine, a natural substance also found (in smaller amounts) in tea, chocolate and sodas. Caffeine has various effects on the body, including the ability to increase metabolism, enhance exercise performance and boost your mood.
After consumption, caffeine takes up to 30–60 minutes to reach its maximal concentration in the blood. Effects tend to last between three to nine hours, depending on the person.
The reason why we all love coffee is because it keeps us going!! Now the important question is..
What are the Health Benefits of Coffee?
- Cognitive Decline:
- Heart Health:
People who consumed between two to four cups daily had a 20 percent lower risk of heart disease.
- Prevent Cancer:
- Lessen risk of developing type 2 diabetes:
People who regularly drink four or more cups daily had a 50 percent lower risk of developing diabetes than light drinkers or nondrinkers.
- Liver Health:
Coffee consumption has been linked to a lower incidence of cirrhosis, especially alcoholic cirrhosis. Elevated levels of liver enzymes typically reflect inflammation and damage to the liver. The more coffee subjects drank, the lower their levels of enzymes.
- Enhance Exercise Performance:
Caffeine is a performance and endurance enhancer; not only does it fight fatigue, but it also boosts muscle contraction, and increases fatty acids in the blood.
- Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis.
Research shows that at least 4 cups of coffee a day may help protect against the development and reoccurrence of Multiple Sclerosis. It is also believed that the coffee prevents the neural inflammation that possibly leads to the disease developing.
Research studies have confirmed what earlier studies have found that people who drink coffee live longer than those who don’t.
Although coffee may have fewer risks compared to benefits, keep in mind that other beverages, such as milk and some fruit juices, contain nutrients that coffee doesn’t. Adding cream and sugar to your coffee adds fat and calories — up to hundreds of calories in some cases.
The best way to find beans that are free of chemicals is to look for the 100% Organic seal or visit a local coffee farm and buy them directly from the grower.
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a b Oder, Tom (June 9, 2015). “How coffee changed the world”. Mother Nature Network. Narrative Content Group. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
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a b c d e f Poole R, Kennedy OJ, Roderick P, Fallowfield JA, Hayes PC, Parkes J (November 2017). “Coffee consumption and health: umbrella review of meta-analyses of multiple health outcomes”. BMJ. 359: j5024. doi:10.1136/bmj.j5024. PMC 5696634. PMID 29167102.
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a b c d e Weinberg & Bealer 2001, pp. 3–4
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- ^ “FAOSTAT Core Trade Data (commodities/years)”. FAO Statistics Division. 2007. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved October 24, 2007. To retrieve export values: Select the “commodities/years” tab. Under “subject”, select “Export value of primary commodity.” Under “country,” select “World.” Under “commodity,” hold down the shift key while selecting all commodities under the “single commodity” category. Select the desired year and click “show data.” A list of all commodities and their export values will be displayed.