Did you know your morning may be similar to one of someone from 900 AD or even of Pope Clement VII? Your daily cup of coffee may link you with 90% of Americans and a further billion people across the globe who indulge in a morning cup of joe. This drink has brought people together for social gatherings and helped students and professionals stay awake during long hours of work. The caffeine in coffee affects different people differently. Additionally, there have been varying health claims about the drink. This article will explore what coffee is and the ways it can affect your health.
Contrary to popular belief, coffee is not a bean, but rather a pit. It is a pit of a cherry-like fruit that is grown in warmer parts of the world like Hawaii, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, or Indonesia. Coffee that is grown in high altitudes, like Ethiopia, builds up lactate due to oxygen being less dense. This gives the coffee a creamy and fruity taste which balances out the bitterness of coffee. On the other hand, coffee grown in lower altitudes, like Hawaii, has a softer and sweeter taste that is more traditional. The taste of coffee can also vary on how the pit was extracted from the cherry as well as how long the pit was roasted (light, medium, dark roast). Along with the chemical reactions happening inside the plant, there are even more that happen inside our bodies from the consumption of the coffee.
When consuming coffee, the body is actually somewhat tricked. This is because, during the day, the body produces adenosine which starts to relax the body before it goes to sleep. It does so by inhibiting epinephrine and adrenaline which are excitatory molecules. However, caffeine attaches to the same receptors as adenosine. As a result, the brain is never signaled to stop producing the excitatory molecules. Therefore, coffee does not actually give you energy, it simply inhibits tiredness. On the other hand, many people who consume coffee, tend to add lots of sugar. This sugar will give a quick energy boost.
There has been research done on the effect of caffeine. However, there have been no definite conclusions about the positive effects. Some research has found that coffee may be linked with protection against type 2 diabetes or even Parkinson’s disease. On the other hand, coffee may overwork the heart and have dangerous effects from medications. For example, according to Mayo Clinic take extra care if you take Ephedrine, Theophylline, or Echinacea. Furthermore, speak with your doctor about the effect coffee may have on your medication.
In summary, coffee has been popular with humanity for a while. Research tends to show that there are no definite dangers for the general public from drinking coffee. If you are concerned about weight gain, try to consider the sugar, creamer, and syrups that go into your daily cup. Furthermore, staying under 3-4 cups a day seems to have no threat to your health. For further assistance, you may contact the Urban Fitness Studio Dietician Amanda Boyer.
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