The Joys of Java!
My name is Carolyn. I am a coffee addict. I simply love the stuff.
Although often maligned, caffeine remains the most popular and widely used stimulant in the world. Over 400 billion cups are consumed every year. Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks and is certainly my stimulant of choice.
Research has emerged recently to suggest that there may be several health benefits associated with drinking this magical delicious beverage, from helping prevent diabetes to lowering the risk of liver disease. A recent study monitored coffee consumption of 83,269 Japanese adults aged 45 to 74 years and found that people who drank coffee on a daily basis were at a 20 percent lower risk of stroke by comparison to those who did not.
While I won’t claim to being qualified to assess the merits of each benefit, what I do know is that coffee has a number of qualities which cannot be overlooked.
To start with it is low in calories. Regular black coffee without milk or cream has a very low calorie count. Typically only 2 calories per cup. While obviously this is 2 more than water, it is certainly far less than a smoothie or milk shake.
Studies have also confirmed what most of us already know, namely that caffeinated beverages increase alertness and focus. It sharpens the senses, albeit temporarily.
As with a lot of things it is about moderation. Too much coffee can make you jittery and can potentially cause high blood pressure and increased heart rates. Experts suggest no more than two cups of coffee per day. It is important to get to know you own tolerance level so as not to overdose or allow it to keep you awake at night.
I hope this eases any guilt you may feel about enjoying that hot cup of Java post work out. I will now see what research I can find on the health merits of biscuits!