Newsworthy~Interesting Facts About Coffee by Eliza (February 24, 2019)
WOW it’s an early frigid cold February morning and the alarm just went off.
Dilemma: Hit snooze? Pull up the covers? Pour Coffee? Grab your gym bag?
What do you reach for first thing in the morning?
I recently read that EACH day, millions of people rely on coffee to wake them up?
REALLY? This sounds like an exaggeration… And then it got me to thinking…Is this a Fact or is it False information – plain old marketing ‘hype’?
There is so much ‘hype’ lately in the news about caffeine in coffee being a stimulant and the benefits of drinking or not drinking coffee. I find the ‘interesting facts about coffee’ on the internet and in the news quite fascinating.
I came across so many newsworthy interesting facts about coffee and caffeine that I thought I would like to share a few of them with you today. I think it is worth looking at how coffee and caffeine affect your health and wellness.
LET’S CHECK OUT THESE CLAIMS (these are not in any particular order)
TRUE OR FALSE
#1 Coffee comes from a red berry. TRUE – A coffee bean is actually the seed of the fruit growing on the coffee plant. Beans start out as a coffee plant’s flower. Red berries grow in once the flowers fall off. These berries actually contain two small green coffee beans.
#3 Decaf is caffeine free. FALSE – Decaffeinated coffee still has some caffeine in that mug of coffee you choose to drink. Yes, it’s less but the caffeine content is dependent on how it is brewed and the species or type of coffee. According to the Mayo clinic The caffeine dose ranges from 8.6mg to 13.9mg for a cup of coffee and between 30 and 35mg for a can of coke.
#4 Dark roast coffee has less caffeine than lighter roasts. FALSE – This was probably not the answer you were expecting… I was so sure the answer would be true.
Some people think that because dark roast coffee has a richer, stronger flavor and darker color, that this means it will have more caffeine. Others think that because the bean is lighter that the caffeine is reduced through the processing. However, the truth is all roasts of the same bean species have basically the same amount of caffeine.
It turns out that caffeine is actually quite stable during the roasting process and the effects of roasting on caffeine content is very minimal. This means that you can go ahead and enjoy your light roast, dark roast, medium roast, as they will all pretty much get you equally buzzed.
#5 There are two main coffee species that are cultivated in the world: Arabica and Robusta. TRUE – Arabica coffee beans are typically more expensive and tastier. Robusta coffee beans are usually harsher and cheaper. Robusta coffee generally has more caffeine. If you are a Starbucks fan like me, their website claims that they use Arabic beans!
#6 Caffeine can reach the blood in approximately ten minutes. TRUE – One study found caffeine could begin working its way into the blood in as little as 10 minutes. This study also noted caffeine effects men and women differently. It appears according to this study to have a stronger effect on men that women.
#7 Drinking coffee may have health benefits such as reduced risk of illnesses like Cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease and Alzheimer’s. TRUE – A summary of the findings from “numerous epidemiological studies have reported inverse associations with coffee consumption and several other chronic diseases. A summary of the health impacts of coffee is given in Table 2, and can be found here.
#8 Coffee can cure a hangover. FALSE – If you feel groggy the next day after drinking too much a cup of coffee might help. It can also help if you didn’t sleep well as coffee will stimulate the central nervous system and can increase your focus. However, it will not ‘clear out’ the alcohol in your system so having that end of the night cup of coffee will not sober you up, unfortunately.
#9 There is a National Coffee Day. TRUE – September 29, 2019 is the day you can celebrate with your favorite cup of coffee. A little history for you history buffs – More than two centuries ago, this day came about due to the Boston Tea Party of 1773 and King George III’s reduction of the tea tax. This caused people to switch from tea-drinking to coffee-drinking.
SO WHAT’S YOUR TAKEAWAY…
How did you do with these Trivia – interesting facts about coffee? Did some of the answers surprise you. I know I certainly learned some new things about coffee and caffeine.
My #1 Takeaway is that you should be aware that coffee contains caffeine which is a stimulant and a drug that can affect your health and wellness.
Just How Much Caffeine is in That Cup of Coffee?
We have discovered that the roast – dark, medium or light doesn’t affect caffeine amounts. What does affect the caffeine content is the species or type of coffee and even the brewing process.
The following table from the Journal of Food Science, 2010, shows the amount of caffeine in different types of drinks:
Brewed Coffee (8 oz / 237 mL): 95-200 mg of caffeine
Decaffeinated Brewed (8 oz / 237 mL): 2-12 mg of caffeine
Espresso (1 oz / 30 mL): 47-75 mg of caffeine
Decaffeinated Espresso (1 oz / 30 mL): 0-15 mg of caffeine
Instant (8 oz / 237 mL): 27-173 mg of caffeine
Decaffeinated Instant (8 oz / 237 mL): 27-173 mg of caffeine
Latte (8 oz / 237 mL): 63-175 mg of caffeine
As you can see from the above table, the amount of caffeine in your cup of coffee is reasonable as long as you don’t overdo it. Like everything in life – moderation is the key. So go ahead and enjoy a single up every day, just remember to watch the amount of cream and sugar you add as the calories can add up.
My #2 Takeaway Since caffeine is a stimulant you should keep an eye out for possible side effects
Positive Side Effects:
- Feel more alert and awake
- Feel like you have more energy
Negative Side Effects:
- Stomach irritation
- Chest Pain
Wrapping things up…
There’s a lot of ‘hype’ being circulated in the news, social media and on the internet. It’s important to do your research before believing everything you hear.
As for coffee, for most people, you can have that one or two cups of caffeinated beverage each day and it is really no big deal. However, for others, it is important to avoid or, at the very least limit your daily intake of caffeine depending on any health conditions or medications you might be taking.
I think it is important to remember that caffeine is a stimulant and a drug. And as with any drug one should be aware of the facts about that drug and take care when taking it.
As always, I want to remind you that if you are on any medications check with your doctor or pharmacist before drinking beverages with caffeine in them as they may be affected by caffeine.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte (no espresso machine required)
3 cups hot whole milk (almond or coconut)
1 teaspoon white sugar or
1 / 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 / 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
8 oz or 1 cup of freshly brewed strong coffee
Topping: 3 tablespoons whipped cream and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice
Put hot milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice in a blender.
Blend until frothy.
Pour the mixture into 3 coffee mugs.
Add coffee equally to each mug.
Top with whipped topping and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice.
Quote: “Coffee is a language within itself”. Jackie Chan
Affirmation: “I am grateful for my morning cup of coffee”
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Until next time,
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