What’s in a cup of coffee?

Today I’ve decided to write about one of my favourite things in the world. And that, ladies and gentlemen is coffee. I have been in love with this marvellous thing ever since I discovered it, when I was around 15.

The beautiful story of coffee starts, of course, way before I delighted my mouth with it. Its history dates back to the 15th century, in the Sufi shrines of Yemen. Although it was banned throughout the course of years, coffee remains the top favourite drink in the entire world.

One of the first definitions given to coffee was given by Leonhard Rawwolf ( German physician), after returning from a ten-year trip to the New East:

A beverage as black as ink, useful against numerous illnesses, particularly those of the stomach. Its consumers take it in the morning, quite frankly, in a porcelain cup that is passed around and from which each one drink a cupful. It is composed of water and the fruit from a bush called bunnu.

So, ever since the 15th century, coffee had been known for its beneficial attributes. Recent studies have shown ” that coffee, in particular, may prevent diseases like stroke and certain cancers, lower the risk of Parkinson’s and dementia and boost our concentration and memory. Partly because they’re seeds, and like all seeds, they’re loaded with protective compounds.” On the other hand, coffee can present a risk for people with high-blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis and, in some cases, it can worsen insomnia, anxiety and heartburn.

After all, every metabolism is different and reacts in different ways to new things or new dietary habits. My opinion is that it would be so much easier if the caffeine content were listed on food labels;l that way, everybody could choose more carefully a safe, moderate amount for the day.

Another side effect of coffee ( you know it, you know it) it’s addiction Anyone who’s ever quit cold turkey knows it can trigger headaches, mental fuzziness for a couple of days until the body adjust. So, before becoming a coffee addict (like myself), please bare in mind all this.

And now, as gift for reading up until here, the good news about coffee!

One of the most important things: the consumption of coffee reduces suicide risk.

A 2013 study by Harvard’s School of Public Health found that those who drank two to three cups of coffee ( not decaf) a day, cut their suicide risk by 45 percent- possibly because caffeine’s stimulant effect helps boost people’s mood.

Plus, coffee lowers the risk of oral cancers ( Hm, who knew that?) due to the particles eliminated in the mouth on its way to the stomach.

Conclusion: It’s all up to you.

It is your call whether you want to be a coffee lover or not. But just so you know, you’re always welcome in our club.  As a matter of fact, all this made me crave a caramel latte.

Don’t forget: A coffee a day, keeps the doctor away!