Are you a fan of coffee but not straight black coffee? Adding sugar and cream could be like an icing on the cake, but it has more health risks to your body compared to plain black coffee. And now, since the coffee landscape is changing, everybody is into black coffee nowadays. The landscape is changing because most millennials are now coffee drinkers, and Generation Z is jumping aboard the caffeine train younger than ever. Also new specialty coffees roasted with high-quality beans are becoming more popular in small cafes though they are competing with mainstream cafes and restaurants. While true coffee lovers still drink black coffee that has been roasted carefully, the new generation of coffee drinkers are just starting to appreciate coffee that has been carefully grown and roasted.
Coffees now are unique, smooth, nothing like the ashy coffee like the old days. Before, black coffee rarely tasted like anything other than peanuts, dark chocolate, or charcoal.
Now, black coffee can have notes of berries, spices, flowers, and beyond. The whole supply chain, from seed to cup, is learning to make better coffee.
Black coffee has major health benefits
Let’s set coffee quality aside for a moment and switch gears to something else: Wellness. The argument that black coffee has major health benefits has only gotten stronger over time. Year after year, many researchers have been suggesting that black coffee can shield you from some disease, disorder, or decay.
Here are some of the scientific reasons for coffee consumption:
1. It Gives You Healthier Liver
Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of liver disease
Unlike drinking alcohol every day, drinking black coffee improves your liver. Research presented earlier this month at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual meeting in Boston suggests that coffee lovers might have a lower risk of liver disease compared to those who forego drinking a regular cup of joe. It’s been shown that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day have as much as an 80% lower rate of cirrhosis of the liver.
2. Caffeine Helps Burn Fat
Caffeine increases Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) by 3–11 %
As one of the few substances to ever be directly associated with burning fat, caffeine is found in nearly every fat burning or weight loss supplement. Studies show that caffeine can increase Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) by 3–11 %. Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the amount of energy (calories) your body burns while at rest. This doesn’t mean you should just drink coffee and not exercise or work out in hope for that perfect body. You should probably still do both, because according to researchers, drinking coffee before working out is very recommended as well.
Many choose coffee over pre-workout supplements because they often have the same active ingredient: Caffeine acts as a stimulant. The stimulant has proven effective in boosting athletic performance, and that caffeine ingestion “can improve performance during intense exercise lasting 5 to 20 minutes,” — provided that you’re taking it in alongside food. Studies show that maximum caffeine concentration hits at about 45 minutes post consumption. After 45 minutes is the best time for you to start working out, and get that, burn baby burn.
3. Full of Antioxidants, Lowers Diabetes & Cancer Risk
Coffee contains high amount of antioxidants which reduce diabetes and cancer risk
Coffee is a potent source of healthful antioxidants. Scientists have identified approximately 1,000 antioxidants in unprocessed coffee beans, and hundreds more develop during the roasting process. Numerous studies have cited coffee as a major — and in some cases, the primary — dietary source of antioxidants for its subjects. Antioxidants can help rid the body of free radicals, a type of waste product that the body naturally produces as a result of certain processes. Free radicals are toxic and may cause inflammation. Scientists have found links between inflammation and various aspects of metabolic syndrome, including type 2 diabetes and cancers.
Based on the research from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) coffee may help to prevent some forms of cancer, including oral cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer, and colorectal cancer. Scientists haven’t determined why coffee can reduce cancer risk. Part of the reason may be that coffee is high in antioxidants, which some studies say can help to prevent cancer.
Black coffee reduces the risk of diabetes, however, please note that you will not see these same effects if your cup is half coffee, half cream, and sugar. You might actually be worse off in that case. But if you drink black coffee, then studies show an average of 7% drop in risk for diabetes for every daily cup (177 ml) of coffee. Typically a coffee mug is 355 ml. So if you drink, say, two mugs of coffee in the morning, or 710 ml, then you’ll have a 28% lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes, compared to those who don’t drink coffee.
4. Improved Your Mental Health
Coffee guards you against critical cognitive disorders such as Alzhaimer’s, Parkinson and Dementia
Drinking black coffee daily not only acts as an energy booster, but it also guards you against critical cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, and Dementia. According to Lifehack.com, caffeine leaves a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitters, which enhances memory. Studies have shown that regular consumption of black coffee cuts down the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 65%. And since coffee is said to boost dopamine levels in the brain, six studies found that people who drank coffee on a regular basis were 50–80% less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those who did not consume coffee.
In short, responsible consumption of black coffee can make you smarter, thanks to the psychoactive stimulant which does all the wonder.
5. It Gives You Important Nutrients
Coffee is rich in nutrients, such as Vitamins B2, B3, and B5, Manganese, Magnesium, and Potassium
Coffee is not only high in antioxidants, but also rich with important nutrients, such as Vitamins B2, B3, and B5, Manganese, Magnesium, and Potassium. In 2018, some researchers suggested that the antioxidants and nutrients content of coffee may offer protection from metabolic syndrome. Also, the human body absorbs more nutrients from coffee than it does from other popular sources of antioxidants like fruits and vegetables. You get a more healthy bang for your buck with coffee than with anything else.
Black coffee isn’t just black, you know
Besides all of the goodies that come with consuming black coffee, there are several types of black coffee that you can choose (yes, there are several types of a black cup of joe). First, there is Long Black coffee. Long Black was created by pulling a shot of espresso directly onto a cup of hot water. The second one is Americano, which is served by pouring hot water into the espresso, diluting its strength of coffee. It may sound the same to you, especially if you are unfamiliar with it, but it’s a matter of the order in which you add your ingredients to decide which is which. And the last one is called drip coffee.
Drip coffee is made by pouring hot water onto ground coffee beans, then allowing it to brew and drip through a filter. The modern style of brewing drip coffee is drip bags. Modern because it’s easy, convenient, and ready to use, matching the energy of the 21’st century people who need everything in a jiffy. You can stash it in your purse or your pocket. And when it is time for you to brew your coffee, just open it up, hang it on your cup or mug, and pour hot water into the drip bag and your perfect cup of coffee is just steps away.
No matter what, coffee can be your source of energy