10 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee
Lots of people are unable to function before their morning cup of coffee. You may have singled out caffeine as the source of its power, but how much do you really know about coffee? Here are five tidbits of trivia to ponder as you percolate.
01. Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth
Right behind crude oil and above natural gas, coffee is traded around the globe. Europe and the United States are the biggest consumers, with most production coming from South America and Africa. On a daily basis, more than 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed around the world! Traditionally, Coffee was developed as a colonial cash crop, planted on large plantations in tropical climates by serfs. Today, the situation has changed to more family-run coffee farms, but coffee production still requires a lot of work. There are approximately 25 million coffee workers around the world, and 11 million hectares of farmland across the globe are dedicated to coffee production. With so much labor going into the world’s favorite beverage, it’s important to create and maintain fair working conditions for coffee farmers and workers. After all, what would we do without it?
02. Coffee can help protect your skin!
Your skin is constantly exposed to harmful external factors such as UV light, which can affect the health of your cells and cause cell damage. But with the antioxidant-rich properties of coffee, you can help your skin fight the damaging effects of the sun and prevent wrinkles as well.
03. Your shot of espresso contains less caffeine than a normal cup of drip coffee
Throwing back shots of espresso may actually be less efficient than you think. It’s all in the volume + brewing method.
04.Coffee prevents bad breath?
A study by Tel Aviv University in 2009 discovered that certain components in coffee inhibit the growth of bacteria responsible for halitosis.
05. It can improve sports performance
Drinking a caffeinated drink before a sport is associated with improved endurance and other sporting measures. It seems that caffeine increases heart rate but reduces the pain felt during exertion, encouraging us to push it that bit further.
06. It’s running out
Coffee production is under serious strain as a result of climate change and demand.
07. Caffeine naps are real (and effective)
Want to get the most out of your afternoon nap? Then drink some coffee before you go to sleep. Researchers have found that a cup of coffee followed by a 15-minute nap leads to people feeling extra alert.
08. Everyone metabolizes it differently
Caffeine is flushed out of everyone’s body at different rates. Women usually process it faster than men, smokers process it twice as fast as non-smokers, and women who take birth control pills metabolize it at about a third that rate that women not on birth control pills do.
09. There have been five attempts to ban coffee throughout history
Reasons vary from leaders believing that it stimulates radical thinking, it is “satanic”, and even that it interferes too much with the America’s beer consumption. There were even punishments put into place for drinking this forbidden beverage; including beatings and being thrown into the sea.
10. Caffeine Increases Metabolism and Fat Burning
Caffeine consumption can promote a significant thermogenic response. In fact, one study showed that caffeine consumption at a dose of 100mg resulted in a significant thermogenic effect despite the fact that subjects had a habitual caffeine intake of 100-200 mg per day. The increase in energy expenditure subsequent to caffeine ingestion had not returned to baseline 3 hours post-consumption. Caffeine also has a synergistic effect when combined with other fat burning supplements such as green tea or synephrine. Caffeine blocks a key enzyme involved in degradation of norepinephrine—a fat burning hormone that gets stimulated by green tea and synephrine. Caffeine’s action allows norepinephrine levels to remain elevated for longer periods. Combine 200 mg of caffeine with 200 mg of Green Tea Extract with a 50% EGCG content.
Sources & References: