Coffee: Benefits And Contradictions

Coffe Benefits And Contradictions
November 3, 2021

Delicious food for some, energy concoction for others, coffee is one of the most consumed products in the world and a staple in the world economy. Like chocolate, the coffee plant grows in tropical countries. And also like chocolate, the beans are dried, fermented and roasted to obtain a drink full of nuances.

This drink, which is obtained by roasting and grinding the beans of the coffee fruit or coffee plant, is quite stimulating due to its content of caffeine, a psychoactive substance. This product is one of the most social non-alcoholic beverages in the world.

Coffee History

Historians place the first coffee plants in the mountainous regions of Ethiopia, before the 9th century. From there they went to neighboring Yemen, located south of the Arabian Peninsula, from where they were taken to Ceylon and India.

Coffee was introduced to Europe when several specimens of coffee trees from Java were taken to the Botanical Garden in Amsterdam.

Since then the cultivation of coffee spread throughout the continent, even reaching the colonies that European countries had in America. The consumption of coffee began to become general in Europe from the 18th century.

Coffee Popularity

Besides coffee being one of the normal things in people’s endless mornings, coffee also provides comfort. If you ask most people who drink coffee in the morning if they drink more coffee later in the day, the answer is most likely yes. However, many times the reason people drink coffee later in the day will be for different reasons than when they had it in the morning. For many people, coffee later in the day is more comforting and is part of their relaxation routine after dinner.

Coffee has long been something that people like to drink and that is why there are so many coffee houses around the world that have become so popular. Depending on where you live, there may be cafes and coffee shops on every block and sometimes there are more than one on the same street.

Cappuccinos and lattes are also very popular and are the kind of coffee that people enjoy when they want more than just a cup of coffee. They are also the type of coffee drinks that people sometimes enjoy later in the day as a nice drink to enjoy.

Benefits of Coffee

The health benefits of drinking at least one cup of coffee a day are growing in number. Today we review the advantages of this drink that has been consumed in the population for several centuries and is also one of the most popular and most ingested in the world.

  • Coffee increases your physical performance.

    Have a cup of black coffee an hour before training and your performance can improve by 11-12%.

  • Coffee can help you lose weight.

    Coffee contains magnesium and potassium, which help the human body to use insulin, regulating blood sugar levels.

  • Coffee helps burn fat.

    Caffeine helps fat cells break down body fat and use it as fuel for training.

  • Coffee helps you focus and stay alert.

    Moderate caffeine consumption, 1 to 6 cups a day, helps you focus and improves your mental alertness.

  • Coffee reduces the risk of death.

    Studies have shown that the overall risk of premature death for coffee drinkers is 25% lower than that of non-coffee drinkers.

  • Coffee reduces the risk of cancer.

    A study has shown that it can decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer in men by 20%, and endometrial cancer in women by 25%.

  • Coffee reduces the risk of stroke.

    Consuming reasonable coffee (2-4 cups a day) is associated with a lower risk of stroke.

  • Coffee reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease.

    Studies have shown that its regular consumption reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease by 25%.

  • Coffee protects your body.

    Coffee contains many antioxidants, which function like little warriors fighting and protecting against free radicals within your body.

  • Coffee can reduce the risk of type II diabetes.

    Caffeine lowers insulin sensitivity and affects glucose tolerance, thereby reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

  • Coffee protects your brain.

    High levels of caffeine in the blood reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It also reduces the risk of dementia.

  • Coffee improves mood, helps fight depression, and reduces the risk of suicide.

    Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and increases the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which elevate mood. Two cups a day prevent the risk of suicide by 50%.

Coffee Contradictions

Caffeine is a bitter substance that is naturally found in more than 60 plants, including: Coffee beans, Tea leaves, Kola nuts, which are used to flavor cola drinks, Cocoa pods, which are used to make chocolate products

According to scientists from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), caffeine can be part of a healthy diet for most people, but too much caffeine can put your health at risk. Depending on factors such as weight, medications you may be taking, and individual sensitivity, what is “too much” can vary from person to person.

Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of coffee, 10 cans of cola, or two energy drinks. Keep in mind that the actual caffeine content in drinks varies a lot, especially between energy drinks.

You may want to reduce your caffeine intake if you are drinking more than 4 cups of coffee a day (or the equivalent) and have side effects such as:

  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Frequent urination or inability to control urination
  • Tachycardia
  • Muscle tremors
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety
  • Dependency, so you need to take more of it to get the same effect

Coffee Curiosities

  • Coffee is the second most consumed beverage in the world, the first is Water.
  • Every day in the world approximately 3 billion cups of coffee are consumed.
  • The place where most coffee is consumed is in the Nordic countries.
  • The name coffee comes from the Arabic word “Qahhwat Al-bun”, which means “wine from the grain.”
  • In reality, the coffee bean is the seed of the fruit of the coffee tree, a tree that can grow up to 6 meters in height.
  • Drinking coffee has been shown to speed up a person’s metabolism by 3% to 11%.
  • It is the second most marketed product in the world along with Coca Cola.
  • Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world. Its harvest is equivalent to 30.16% of the world’s coffee.
  • 54% of Americans consume coffee every day. Which makes the United States the country where you drink the most coffee.
  • In Korea and Japan there are themed cafes, about popular anime and dramas. But there are also cat cafes, where in addition to having a delicious cup of this drink, you can also caress a cute kitten.
  • In Japan there is also a cafe that has a pool where you can bathe in this drink, the name of the place is Yunessun Spa Resort.
  • As a last interesting fact, in France there is a cafeteria where if you do not show manners, such as saying hello when you arrive and asking please, the coffee costs you a little more.

Like a cup of coffee?

Coffee is a delicious drink that has a variety of preparations, it is a drink that a huge percentage of the world likes, at least in its simplest presentation. A cup is always good for us, but as you have seen excess is harmful to health, so why not have a cup from time to time, or one before entering work, or when leaving, we cannot help saying that its aroma and taste is delicious, so why not celebrate this International Coffee Day with a hot cup of coffee, you can also go to a cafeteria or simply share coffee recipes through social networks, tagged with the hashtag #DiaInternacionaldelCafe or get that friends and family join the campaign to help coffee growers with the hashtag #coffeepledge.

Dr. Loony Davis5
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Born and raised in Brussels in an English family, I have always lived in a multicultural environment. After several work experiences in marketing and communication, I came to Smart Water Magazine, which I describe as the most exciting challenge of my career.
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