If your in the cold parts of Canada like me, the morning is crisp and cool and I feel the bitterness as I stick my toes out from under my cozy duvet. The only thing enticing me to crawl from under my warm cacoon is the strong, bold powerful smell of fresh brewed coffee.
As many of you have heard, there are often two sides to the good VS bad in the coffee world.
I don’t recommend more than 1-2 cups a days, past that point the caffeine is doing more harm than good to your nervous system and other internal systems as well. Along with this, if you’re a double-double queen, you want to factor in around 220 CALORIES to your diet that day. There is around 12 grams of fat and over 20 grams of sugar. So this can impact your weight if not monitored. But aside from that…lets take a look at some cool positives effects of our little friend Java!
A single cup of coffee contains :
- Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA.
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA.
- Manganese and Potassium: 3% of the RDA.
- Magnesium and Niacin (B3): 2% of the RDA.
- Studies have shown that coffee can actually stave off disease over the long term. Regular drinkers show less susceptibility to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and certain types of cancers compared to a control population. This is likely linked to the high level of antioxidants found in coffee.
- Antioxidants are known to promote brain health and even stave off heart disease
- The antioxidants in coffee may also be beneficial over the short term to those who enjoy exercise. Oxidants can lead to muscular fatigue before, during, and after exercise – antioxidants can help relieve pain, increase endurance, and prevent injuries. But caffeine also increases Epinephrine (Adrenaline) levels in the blood (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8201901).This is the “fight or flight” hormone, designed to make our bodies ready for intense physical exertion.
- Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, which leads to a stimulant effect. This improves energy levels, mood and various aspects of brain function.
- here’s a good reason for that… caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have actually been proven to aid fat burning.
- Several studies show that caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11% (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/49/1/44.long)