People drink an average of 2.1 cups of coffee each day. But what is in coffee that makes it healthy and super addicting? Do you know? Well, that’s the whole point. You drink it daily and yet you know nothing about it at all. There are so many things you still don’t know about this perk-me-up bean.
Coffee has many health benefits
Yes, you already know that coffee is good for the heart and it is also a brain food. But did you know that coffee can lessen your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes? American Diabetes Association published a study titled “Caffeinated and Decaffeinated Coffee Consumption and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and a Dose-Response Meta-analysis” which proved that consumption of one to two cups of coffee upsurges insulin sensitivity and aids in curbing blood sugar levels.
Coffee is loaded with antioxidants, polyphenols, various vitamins and minerals which lead the research team to a conclusion that these were the nutrients responsible for the reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Tip on grinding your coffee – for the better
Some people love to grind their coffee and if you are one of those people, have you experienced that it sometimes tastes bitter? At times, it is also just fine, right? Well, there is one word to describe this and it is consistency. If you want your coffee to taste good after you grind it, there is a way to grind it.
If you are using the blade-type, the, your coffee will most likely be ground like that of the cornmeal and this is the “better” way to grind it. So follow this: PULSE, take it off and shake. PULSE again and shake again. Do this for a few more times until you achieve the cornmeal texture.
The more you put in your cup, the more caffeine you consume
It is simply stated as such. The more coffee you add on your cup, you will also be drinking more caffeine. This is especially true when it comes to drinking between light roasted and dark roasted coffee. Dark roasted coffee beans are bigger than lightly roasted coffee beans. This means that one cup of light roasted coffee is more compared to one cup of dark roasted coffee. Now, more coffee means more caffeine. It would be better to measure these coffee beans by weight and not by cup if you want the same caffeine component.
Sniffing your coffee is truly a boost and it’s not all in the mind
If you are sleepy, you can always take a whiff on the aroma of the coffee beans and your brain will tell your body that you are not sleepy anymore. A study was done on rats by Han-Seok Seo et al titled Effects of Coffee Bean Aroma on the Rat Brain Stressed by Sleep Deprivation: A Selected Transcript- and 2D Gel-Based Proteome Analysis which was published by Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. It has to be regular coffee though and the not the decaf kind. Decaf doesn’t have that distinct aroma, if you noticed.
Don’t leave the coffee bag unopened or else…
The worst thing you can do is leave your coffee bag open and almost all coffee drinkers know this. Once you open it from the store you bought it from, you have to put the coffee in a tight lid container. This is to prevent contamination of the coffee’s aroma. It must be used within 14 days before it can go stale. If you want the coffee to last longer, put it inside the freezer. It can go on for at most 8 months.
Best-tasting coffee tend to be more expensive
Coffee is like any other specialty food. You have to allocate budget for it. The trend these days on coffee price is going up because quality is also maintained. Now, if you want top coffee, you will just have to scrimp on something else so that you can accommodate a $5 mug.