Coffee Quirks: 5 Interesting Things You Don’t Know About Coffee
Top Coffee Facts You Wished You Knew Sooner
Although most of us drink it every day, how much do you really know about coffee or the powerful effects of caffeine? Below are 5 interesting coffee facts you probably don’t know:
Coffee can help you live a longer and healthier life
Coffee contains antioxidants that can help your body fight against the destructive effects of free radicals. Vitamins and minerals like potassium, niacin, magnesium and vitamin E have all been found in coffee. As a result, coffee drinkers are often at a lower risk of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Type II diabetes, and heart disease.
Coffee contains important nutrients you need to survive
In addition to helping you live longer by helping to prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, coffee can also boost your energy and mood, and help improve your overall quality of life. A single cup of coffee contains 11% of the daily-recommended amount of riboflavin (vitamin B2), 6% of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), 3% of manganese and potassium, and 2% of niacin and magnesium.
Coffee can help you burn fat and improve your performance
Studies have shown that coffee can help you achieve weight loss and help you burn more fat by increasing your metabolism by 3%-11%. The caffeine in your coffee can also help increase your levels of adrenaline and help release fatty acids from your fat tissues.
Coffee starts working in just minutes
One of the most amazing things about coffee is that it only takes minutes to give you the boost of energy you need. According to a study done by the University of Barcelona, the effects of caffeine can start just 10 minutes after coffee is consumed. Although the exact speed or rate may vary depending on an individual’s age, body weight, caffeine sensitivity and diet, the same study has shown that caffeine typically has a greater effect on men than women.
Not all coffees are created equal
Although Arabica coffee is the best tasting, it is also the most difficult type of coffee to grow. Arabica coffee plants take about 5 years to mature and produce their first crop. While a healthy Arabica coffee tree will produce about 5 pounds of green beans per year, only a fifth of a pound meets the rigid sorting standards to be sold as “Specialty Coffee”.
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