“Coffee, because crack is bad for you.” Anonymous

• Legend has it that 9th century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to “dance” after eating the fruit of the coffee plant. A local monk then made a drink with the produce and found that it kept him awake at night; therefore the original cup of coffee was born.

• Coffee beans are actually seeds.

• Brazil produces about 1/3 of the world’s supply.

• The world’s largest cup of coffee filled a 9 foot tall cup and weighed in at 3,487 gallons.

• The word “coffee” comes from the Arabic word for wine: “qahwah.”

• One cup of black coffee has only 1 calorie.

• A 38 – yes, that’s right. 38 year old cat named “Creme Puff” drank coffee every morning of her whole life.

• Scientists have turned ground coffee into biodiesel.

• Globally people drink about 2.25 BILLION cups of coffee every DAY!

• Coffee can be poisonous. But only if you drink between 80 to 100 cups!

• The first, ever webcam was invented at the University of Cambridge, to let people know if their coffee pot was full or not!

The obvious benefits of coffee is that it increases our energy and helps us to feel less tired. Coffee, also or rather caffeine:-

Can improve our physical performance because caffeine increases adrenaline which prepares our bodies for intense physical exertion. In other words, it helps us to run away from that tiger! Caffeine breaks down body fat, making free fatty acids available as fuel. Our performance can be improved by 11-12% on average.

Contains essential nutrients like potassium and magnesium.

May lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Studies have noted that those who drink the most coffee have a 23-50% lower risk of getting this disease.

May protect us from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Several studies show that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

May also lower the risk of Parkinson’s. Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk ranging from 32-60%.

May protect our livers. People who drink 4 or more cups per day, have up to an 80% lower risk of cirrhosis.

Can help with depression. A Harvard study showed women who drank 4 or more cups a day had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed.

Can lower risk of developing liver and colorectal cancer.

Finally, coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the Western diet. Studies show that many people get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruit and vegetables combined.

I got interested in this drink because I started to drink it before my long runs and found it definitely helps to improve my stamina.

I also find that my concentration is better after a drink of coffee.

About a few years ago, I discovered that I prefer black coffee and now wonder why I spoilt my coffee by adding milk! It tastes delicious with either a pinch if cinnamon, or nutmeg or a tsp of cocoa powder.

I can’t drink caffeine after lunch because I don’t sleep well at night if I do. I switch to decaf. Also, too much coffee can trigger my perimenopausal sweats. (The joy of which I’ve written about in another post). Don’t worry if you prefer decaf coffee. The health benefits are the same as normal coffee.

So, appreciate your coffee. Try not to drink 80 cups, though! About 4 cups a day is recommended for the health benefits.

I do find there is something comforting about a cup of coffee. It’s “a hug in a mug.” Anonymous.

Sources

goodhousekeeping.com, boredpanda.com, buzzfeed.com, healthline.com, medicalnewstoday.com, bbcgoodfood.com, mayoclinic.org, webmd.com

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