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Everything You Need To Know About Coffee

Everything You Need To Know About Coffee

Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, and for a lot of people the first cup is their favourite part of the morning! Coffee beans are made from the seeds of the coffee plant - the fruits of the plant contain what we call green coffee beans. The green coffee beans are then roasted, ground into a powder, and then brewed to make a delicious cup of joe! Other than providing pure joy and the fuel we need to start the day, coffee actually provides a range of health benefits - let’s dive into everything you need to know about coffee!

Nutritional Value

A cup of black coffee contains virtually zero calories, and contains trace amounts of essential nutrients such as potassium and B vitamins. Coffee also contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants that can have beneficial health effects. Coffee also contains caffeine, which is a stimulant that can improve our energy levels and cognition - hence why some people don’t function before they have had their first cup in the morning!

Health Benefits

Regular coffee consumption is linked to a number of beneficial health outcomes.

Thanks to the caffeine, coffee has the ability to improve cognitive function by improving reaction times, alertness and overall mood. It can also reduce tiredness and provide a little energy boost - this is because caffeine is a stimulant!

Coffee consumption has also been found to be associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer disease, and is thought to have a protective role against Parkinson's Disease.

Coffee consumption has been associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and linked with better liver health!

The extract of green coffee beans, has been shown to be effective in weight loss, by decreasing energy intake! It can improve the secretion of satiety hormones such as ghrelin and serotonin, leading to a decreased energy intake.

Caffeine found in coffee can also be beneficial for exercise performance, in regards to endurance, strength and power. Two coffees around 60 minutes before exercise should be enough to improve exercise performance in most individuals.

Risks Of Coffee Consumption

Although coffee has many heath benefits, it is important to not drink too many cups! Caffeine in coffee can have a negative impact on sleep, as it is a stimulant it can interfere with melatonin production which can delay sleep. It is therefore important to avoid having coffee late in the day, or sticking to decaf. Coffee consumption can also be harmful during pregnancy as it can lead to pregnancy complications and affect the health of the infant. 

Coffee also contains tannins, which are considered anti-nutrients. They limit the absorption of essential nutrients, especially in regards to iron - hence why it is recommended to avoid having tea and coffee with iron rich foods as it can affect iron uptake, which can be harmful in individuals with iron deficiency. Coffee can also interact with certain medications, it may therefore be important to have a time gap between your cup of coffee and any medications you are on.

The Bottom Line

Coffee is a delicious drink that contains essential nutrients and provides a range of health benefits. Coffee can be enjoyed in a variety of ways - for instance as an iced latte, a cappuccino, or just as a plain hot cup! Coffee is also often incorporated into desserts such as tiramisu, and you can even find recipes to add coffee into foods like oatmeal and smoothies - yum! 

How do you like your coffee? Let us know in the comments below!
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