Are you having a rough time with your work and needing a little spark to start the day? A sip of coffee might be a great way. Not everyone is fond of drinking coffee, but it is one of the world’s most consumed beverages, along with tea, and of course, water. But what is with coffee, and why is it so popular?
How was coffee discovered?
The discovery of coffee dated way back to around the 15th century. There are few stories told about the origin of coffee, but one remained the greatest of all. Kaldi, an Arab, noticed the unusual antics of his goats. He sampled the berries from the plant that his goats were feeding on, discovering coffee. He later introduced his discovery to the world, and up to now, coffee is one of the most patronized products in the world.
What makes coffee special?
Coffee has been revolutionized since its discovery, with different varieties, processes, and production. It was one of the few ancient discoveries that remained until now. The simple reason why people love coffee. In fact, during the early times of coffees discovery, Islamic authorities prohibited the beverage because of its stimulating effect. Ironically, Muslims became attracted to the drink. That is why they pursue producing coffee and made coffee as a substitute for alcohol.
Despite the severity of the penalties associated with the drinking of coffee back then, it spread rapidly among Arabs and around the world. Coffee then rose to popularity as the world’s top beverage with tea throughout the years. It made societies cultivate lands for coffee production. It is so special to the point that it even became a business!
Statistics show that men and women have the same amount of coffee consumption. In the United States alone, over half of the adults drink coffee daily, equivalent to more or less 150 million people. The yearly sale of independent coffee shops is around 12 billion dollars.
It also shows that 35% of the customers prefer black coffee, and 65% prefer coffee with cream and sugar. Coffee will get served depending on your choice. It is very accessible, with 49 nations producing and exporting coffee all around the world. Brazil still leads the coffee production worldwide, as it makes 33% of the total.
Benefits of coffee
Coffee became one of the most studied dietary components. After years of research, the World Health Organization (WHO) finally removed coffee from the possible carcinogen list. Studies now have shreds of evidence that show that coffee is good for the health.
Made from natural coffee plants
Determined by the bean, roast, and brewing methods, its flavor is natural. It does not require any artificial flavoring. It makes it safer and healthier to consume. There are many variations of coffee, but what makes them unusual is no synthetic ingredient is used to produce high-quality coffee with no lesser caffeine than other artificial beverages.
Known to reduce risk of death
Surprisingly, a recent study last November 2015 in Circulation figured out that drinking coffee is somehow related to 8-15% risk of death reduction.
Other studies also proved that coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, cancer, cirrhosis, etc.
In moderation, coffee is fine for most people who consume at least 3-5 cups a day, or about 400mg of caffeine. Pieces of evidence show that coffee is associated with a lower risk of mortality.
Antioxidants have anticarcinogenic properties that can prevent inflammation that could lead to several health conditions. It also helps us to be healthy by protecting our cells from damage.
Disadvantages of coffee
But like anything else, everything is good in moderation. Overconsumption of coffee can also cause side effects and even complications.
Mild but bothersome side effects
Caffein can impair sleep and cause anxiety, frequent urination, and heartburn. Anything beyond 400mg of daily caffeine is not recommendable. It can cause these side effects. Not too harmful but undoubtedly, bothersome.
It might sound a little confusing, but coffee can either be good or harmful to the heart. Well, that depends on the consumption. Palpitation caused by caffein is normal but can cause severe problems if neglected. Caffeine antioxidants help reduce arterial wall inflammations, but too much intake can speed up the heartbeat and cause uncomfortable feelings like anxiety, insomnia, etc.
Not caused by coffee, but drinking beverages with temperatures higher than 65°C may increase the risk of esophageal cancer.
Given all the benefits and risks of drinking coffee, it is safe to say that drinking coffee in moderation cannot harm you. But it is a matter of choice. The WHO no longer sees coffee as a potential threat to human health. With billions of people loving it and consuming it daily, what could go wrong?