Millions of people all over the world rely on the comforting aroma of coffee and the caffeine hit that follows, to kick start their day or to help beat the post lunch slump. I myself am a self-confessed coffee-lover – my life simply would not be the same without it.
However, there is confusion in the press about the health effects of coffee and different articles will tell you different stories about whether it’s good or bad for you. To celebrate UK coffee week, which runs from 9th-16th April, I have decided to dedicate a post on my blog to celebrate this delicious beverage, and to set the record straight once and for all.
Here are 3 reasons why coffee is always my brew of choice:
1 – Drinking coffee improves alertness and concentration by virtue of its caffeine content (which is also naturally found in tea, cola and cocoa). The average mug of instant coffee contains about 100mg of caffeine, compared with 120mg in a cup of filter coffee and 60mg in the average mug of tea.
2- Studies show that the risk for type 2 diabetes is lower among regular coffee drinkers than among those who don’t drink it. Coffee may reduce the risk of developing gallstones, discourage the development of colon cancer, improve cognitive function, reduce the risk of liver damage in people at high risk of liver disease, and reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
3- 2015 saw coffee being used more and more as a pre-workout drink, particularly beneficial to fuel early morning gym sessions. More research is suggesting when consumed before exercise it can encourage fat cells to be used as an energy source, opposed to glycogen, and improve focus and endurance. The natural content of magnesium, potassium, niacin and Vitamin E make it a much preferred choice to synthetic alternatives.
In conclusion, a strong black coffee indeed, can be a healthy asset to a balanced lifestyle, but as with everything the key is moderation. Excessive drinking can, as with all excessive consumption, lead to some negative effects particularly on in relation to the heart.
To show your support for the fundraising initiative, UK Coffee Week, why don’t you go and enjoy a warming drink guilt free, at your local supporting coffee house. The week which runs from 9th-16th April 2016 will bring together thousands of UK coffee shops to celebrate great coffee and raise funds for providing coffee growing communities with clean water, whilst uniting the ever growing coffee industry.
It’s the perfect time to show your appreciation to this daily staple and enjoy giving yourself and others a boost.
Find Out More Here: www.ukcoffeeweek.com