Starting your morning with a cup of Java has become an international tradition. The freshly brewed coffee aroma as one wakes up can energize the brain’s endorphins causing the feeling of energy. For many a morning ritual starts the day. My 70-year-old neighbor considers her coffee a “sip of life.”
Coffee has a long history and tradition from the origins of the coffee to the manufacturing and trading worldwide. Some traced the origins of the coffee bean from the African country of Ethiopia. An Ethiopian legend called “Kaldi” points to examples of the effects of coffee bean on goats. The legend claims that farm goats that ingested the beans seemed to have a heightened sense of energy causing them not to sleep as usual.
Evidence points to the origins of coffee bean cultivation began in the region we now consider the Middle East in the 15th century. Some historians point to the cultivation and trading of coffee began in the Arab world particularly Persia, Egypt, Syria and Turkey. Around the 16th century, trading expanded to areas like New Amsterdam. As coffee began to expand its popularity around the world so did the interest to study the effects on the human body.
Today several longitudinal studies contradict each other on the effects of coffee, specifically the caffeine, on the human brain. Most studies identify the positive and negative effects on the consumption of coffee. Some research focus on the amount of coffee consumed and the time of day consumed. Latest studies point to the positive effects of having two cups of coffee a day to help lower cholesterol. This is in direct contradiction to past studies that say any caffeine can alter the brain function to a more negative effect. Historical studies point to caffeine as a quick energizer that is not necessary a healthy effect.
The study of how coffee affects humans have found various outcomes from weight loss, increased intelligence, improved memory and energy to an addictive drug, increased cholesterol, and increased heart disease. None of the studies has definitely concluded a general guide for all humans worldwide. Many researchers point to different body types, different geographical regions, and their overall diet as an indicator that needs to be considered when studying the effects of coffee. Some general guidelines that can be considered for some people include the list below (be advised to consult with your doctor).
Effects of moderate caffeine consumption may include but not limited to:
• Increased attention
• Better memory
• Decreased risk of heart disease
• Increased physical performance
• Lower the risk of Alzheimer and Parkinson
• Lower the risk of type II diabetes
• Limited amounts antioxidants
Other research guidelines include:
1. Limit coffee consumption: Avoid excessive intake of coffee as it increases stress levels, causes insomnia, and prevents weight-loss.
2. Decrease sugar and cream in coffee to avoid extra calories. Substitution with artificial sweetener and other forms of milk is advised.
3. Creative coffee beverages, like Frappuccino’s and mochas, can be a deceptive drink as it usually has more calories than a full meal.
4. Drinking coffee after dinner each night may help stop the late night sugar cravings.
5. Some recommend drinking a cup of water before coffee. The theory is coffee can act as a diuretic.
After learning how coffee can affect your metabolism and your daily life consider adjusting your consumption to better improve your health. In addition, for the adventurous coffee consumers try Green Coffee. A clear white-hot liquid claims to help weight loss.
In his 2012 show, Dr. Mehmet Oz said, “Magic is make-believe but this little bean has scientists saying they’ve found weight loss cure for everybody.” The green coffee bean, when turned into supplement, can burn fat fast.
You have to choose wisely if you are concerned about weight because some coffee drinks are more like deserts high in calories.
A cup of brewed coffee has only two calories, but if you dress up your coffee gorgeously then you land up with extra calories, like heavy whip cream will have 52 calories, table sugar 49, fat free milk 5 calories. It is important to watch the intake when it comes to fat burning facts, see the product label before ordering a brewed coffee.
Despite all the controversy over the effects of coffee, many enjoy a morning revelation with coffee because of its aromatic smell, bold flavor, and a kick-start to the brain.