For a long time coffee had a bad reputation. Despite the distrust of this globally popular drink, it seems that coffee has great health benefits. In fact coffee beans have many unsuspected virtues.
Coffee: a preventive drink against diseases
According to a major European study on the links between cancer and diet, drinking coffee is not linked to any risk of cancer-like, diabetes or cardiovascular disease. On the contrary, it would even prevent type 2 diabetes, prostate, liver or colon cancer. And in another study published in Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers have shown that drinking coffee can even reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
To be healthy, drink premium coffee
In a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers compared the effect of caffeine separated from other ingredients in the coffee composition. Conclusion: the whole coffee with all its natural components acts effectively on the memory because of the antioxidants (polyphenols and bioflavonoids) it contains.
Naturally, freeze-dried instant coffee and other products do not have the same characteristics as the real coffee, which are artificial and contain many additives. Therefore, choose organic black coffee, whole grains, roasted for maximum effect. You should know that those that are least roasted contain more caffeine as coffee roasting will decrease caffeine.
Also, the coffee prepared in a conventional coffee maker will contain more caffeine than coffee extracted with pressure (espresso) because it infuses longer. Also finely ground coffee is more “caffeinated”. So, choose coarsely ground coffee.
What are the disadvantages of caffeine?
Caffeine has a stimulating effect and is safe. In general, a normally constituted person can handle an average daily consumption of 400 mg (4 cups) of coffee.
There is a small problem with it, as everyone knows caffeine can disturb the sleep if you consume it after 4 pm. Therefore, avoid caffeine in excess at a certain time of day to sleep well. Caffeine overconsumption can cause palpitations, abdominal cramps or tremors.
Some coffees, those with poor quality (bad roast), will not contain the same active ingredients as organic coffee for example, where the risk of allergy caused by certain toxins present during the roasting process is high.
Important note: coffee and caffeine are generally not recommended for pregnant women.
Tannin and caffeine: what is the difference?
The chemical composition of caffeine is almost similar to the following substances:
- Tannin (found in tea leaves)
- Guaranine (found in guarana seeds)
- Mateine (found in mate leaves)
Tannin and caffeine have the same molecular structure, however, tea and coffee does not have the same effects on humans: tea tannins inhibit the absorption of iron in the body and the effect of tea is slower on the body compared to coffee.
Also, a cup of coffee contains four times more caffeine than a cup of tea, hence the “exciting” aspect of this drink that will make almost immediate effect, unlike the tea that will have the same effect on the body but after several hours (between 3 to 6 hours after consumption).
Drinking tea increases the ability to concentrate for a longer period while remaining calm. Tea also has a calming effect on the brain through the theanine it contains.
What can we learn about coffee?
Focus on organic coffee, which keeps all its qualities and health benefits (because it is guaranteed without pesticides)
Opt for coffee that was grown in forest areas to work for sustainable development (in the fight against tropical deforestation and destruction of animal species that live there)
Prefer coffee beans with sweet and pleasant aroma because the ground coffee can quickly become sour after several days or weeks (the roasted coffee beans contain oils that can cause some acidity).
Drink black coffee (without milk) to enjoy its flavor and its virtues
Use filters that have not been chemically treated with chlorine and adhesive (to prevent these components to come to your drink!). Choose brown filters made from plant fibers.
Avoid plastic cups and use real cups for coffee, since the coffee will soak chemical ingredients and contaminants from this material. By implementing this, your coffee will be even better!
And finally, consume coffee in moderation.