Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans. The production and consumption of coffee dates back to the 15th century in the accounts of Ahmed al-Ghaffar in Yemen where coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed.
Coffee has a whole lot of advantages to our health if only you can prepare it well and take the right amount. Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages, it has a high level of antioxidant and this makes it quite healthy for the body. Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels because it contains stimulants called caffeine. Coffee helps improve various aspects of brain functions such as mood, vigilance, memory energy level, reaction time, and mental function.
Coffee beans are brewed and consumed in different forms which include:
- Americano or long black: this is a long black coffee. It is a style of coffee commonly found in Australia or New Zealand. It is traditionally made by pouring a double shot of espresso over 100 to 120ml of water from an espresso machine.
- Café latte: Café latte is commonly found in Italy, the main ingredients are espresso and steamed milk. There are several methods of preparing café late, the most common is pouring the frothed milk over the coffee then spoon the remaining foam over the latte.
- Cappuccino: Cappuccino is commonly found in Italy, it is traditionally served hot, and it is prepared by first heating the milk, then mixing the steamed milk in an electric mixer until you get the desired volume of froth, sometimes cream is used instead of milk.
- Espresso: Espresso is commonly found in Italy, it was introduced in 1901, and the main ingredients are coffee beans and water. It is prepared by grinding coffee beans, then filtering coffee grounds, pressing the grounds to help with the pressure during the brewing process, then add water and start brewing.
- Mocha: mocha coffee originates from Yemen in 1536, the main ingredients for mocha coffee are milk, espresso, and chocolate. It is prepared by adding chocolate and milk and heating the mixture in a microwave for 30 seconds and stir until fully combined then add the mixture into your coffee.
Benefits of Coffee Intake
There are quite a number of benefits one can derive from drinking coffee. Here’s a few listed
- It helps burn fat: it is one of the few natural substances proven to aid fat burning caffeine can increase the burning by 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people.
- Caffeine can increase adrenaline levels and release fatty acid from your fat tissues.
- It lowers the risk of diabetes; coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
- It fights depression: coffee may lower your risk of developing depression and may dramatically reduce suicide risk.
- Coffee contains a number of active components that contain antioxidants that help to reduce the risk of stroke and also reduce damages caused by stroke.
- Coffee reduces the risk of suicide and lowers depression by stimulating the central nervous system and boosting the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, noradrenaline which elevates your mood.
The following tips will make the intake of coffee less harmful for you and guarantee your maximum wellness;
- Avoid drinking too much coffee because excessive intake may have various side effects and health issues. Studies have shown that it is safe for most people when consumed in low to a moderate amount, however, a high dosage of caffeine may have an unpleasant and even dangerous side effect. Consumption of coffee may worsen gastroesophageal reflux disease (GEAD) in some people. Also, excess intake of coffee leads to addiction due to psychological and physical dependency. Furthermore, they sometimes have the opposite effect causing rebound fatigue when the caffeine leaves the system. Excessive intake may interfere with day to day living and might even cause serious health issue such as frequent urination and urgency, kidney failure. Also, at high dosage, consumers tend to experience a high level of anxiety and nervousness. People with low caffeine tolerance tend to experience insomnia and a decrease in sleep because the effect might take hours to wear off. Lastly, excessive intake increases the risk of rhabdomyolysis which induces nausea, vomiting, and dark urine.
- Spice your coffee with a dash of cinnamon
- Brew your coffee using a paper filter to reduce the cafestol in the coffee
- Reduce intake of artificial creamers
- Do not load your coffee with excess sugar
In conclusion, just one cup of coffee can help you feel more energized, burn fat, improve your physical performance, and boost your longevity. Its disease-fighting power cannot be overrated.