So, you may be one of the millions of people out there who love their daily cup of coffee and cannot do without it. Or, maybe you are among the rest of the population who are skeptical about this widely consumed beverage and its long term effects on the body. No matter which side of the spectrum you fall, one fact that everyone can agree on is that coffee can be very intriguing and mysterious. Scientists are yet to uncover all the secrets of this controversial yet widely consumed beverage.
Well, if you are eager to find out more about this caffeine-rich beverage, here are 10 interesting facts about coffee:
1. Coffee Can Be Deadly
Indeed, coffee can be deadly which means it can kill you. To be more specific though, it is the caffeine in the coffee that is deadly but you have to take around 80 to 100 cups of coffee within a short period of time for the drink to be fatal. By any means, you should not try this. A few years back, the FDA issued warnings to consumers on highly dangerous ‘powdered caffeine’ products that had hit the market. These products were considered to be similarly deadly.
2. Coffee Can Be Good For You
Numerous studies conducted in recent years have uncovered that coffee is actually good for your health. Specific health benefits include reduced risk of colon cancer, lower risk of heart attacks, improved liver function and overall reduced risk of early death. Coffee has also been associated with lowering the risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis (MS). So, yes, coffee when taken in reasonable quantities can have positive effects on your health and overall well-being.
3. Coffee Can Enhance Sex Drive
Again, past research has indicated that coffee can enhance sex drive especially in females. This benefit of coffee is however said to be limited to people who do not consume the drink very often.
4. Coffee Can Relieve Pain
Most people do not know that coffee can act as a natural pain reliever. Just two cups of coffee can reduce the muscle pain experienced post-workout. Again, this benefit of coffee is said to be limited to non-habitual drinkers of coffee. A 2012 study found that people who take 1 or 2 cups of coffee before sitting down to work at their desks experienced less shoulder and neck pain. Not many studies have been conducted on this area though so there are still no conclusive findings to support that coffee is truly a natural pain reliever.
5. Coffee Can Mess With Your Sleep
This is well-known fact about coffee. However, most people do not realize that coffee has long-standing effects that can last for hours. Health experts and nutritionists advise against taking coffee 6 hours before going to bed. The caffeine in the coffee can mess with your body’s internal clock, interfering with the signals that tell you when it is time for bed. Some studies have found that night shift workers who take coffee during working hours may experience difficulties sleeping during the day. So, it’s best to lay off the coffee if you are having trouble sleeping.
6. Decaf Coffee Has Caffeine
Oh yes! Decaf coffee is not completely caffeine-free. This is the reason why you may still experience some of the psychoactive effects of caffeine after taking decaffeinated coffee. It is said that 10 cups of decaf coffee contain the same amount of caffeine as 2 cups of regular coffee.
7. Decaffeination Is Done Using Chemicals
For decaf coffee to exist certain chemicals must be used to extract caffeine from raw coffee. To make decaffeinated coffee, beans are steamed to allow caffeine compounds to rise to the surface. An organic solvent known as methylene chloride is then employed to remove the most of the caffeine leaving a low-caffeinated drink.
8. Caffeine Is Not What Makes Coffee Bitter
What makes coffee bitter? Well, it is not the caffeine as many people assume. The culprit is the high-level of antioxidants in the coffee. These antioxidants are extremely good for your body so we can forgive them for their taste.
9. Whether Coffee Is Good or Bad Depends on Roasting and Brewing
When it comes to the flavor of your cup of coffee, the chemistry comes down to roasting and brewing. Roasting forces oil that is dissolved in the coffee beans to emerge due to high temperatures. The more oil, the richer and stronger the flavor. The caffeine content in coffee steadily rises as the grounds brew in water. This causes regular coffee to have more caffeine that cappuccino or espresso. Darker roasts are also known to yield more caffeine when brewed.
10. Coffee Was Discovered By Goats
If it wasn’t for a herd of goats on a mountainside in Africa, coffee would probably not exist. Why? Well, a shepherd taking care of his herd of goats one day found them eating some red berries and decided to feast on them as well. Little did he know that the berries he ate would keep him up at night. Upon discovering this, the shepherd took the berries to a monk who brewed the berries to make a drink. And basically the rest is history.
Coffee and the art of making the coffee beverage would soon spread to other parts of the world.
Bonus Fact: Coffee Is Rich in Beneficial Antioxidants
Coffee is more often than not associated with its high caffeine content and not its high antioxidants content. Coffee is however rich in beneficial antioxidants that are good for both your body and mind. Recent studies have shown that most Americans get their recommended daily amount of antioxidants from coffee. Just 1 or 2 cups of coffee each day are enough to keep your body toxins free. However, if you are not crazy about coffee, you can opt for another equally antioxidants rich drink, tea. Other sources of antioxidants include corn wrap, dry beans and bananas.
Those were some interesting facts about coffee. Hope you have learnt something new today! – FoamAroma