Coffee is Valuable in Many Ways

Coffee is Valuable in Many Ways

Coffee has changed the way that people approach life all over the world. Billions of people use coffee for various reasons, but mostly either for a pick me up or because they really do enjoy the taste of the coffee. You will find that the legends about the coffee plant goe clear back to 500 BC where it was discovered in Ethiopia. It was later taken to Arabia, and that is where coffee got its name.

During the Renaissance, not only did the roasting and brewing of coffee come to be considered an art, but it was basically commercially produced. By the end of the Renaissance and the beginning of the 19th century coffee began to be appreciated all over Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and in both South and North America. Coffee was a luxury that nearly all classes could afford.

Coffee is traded on many of the stock exchanges and there are billions of dollars earned from sales of coffee each year. Coffee, especially gourmet coffees and fancy coffee recipes, has become quite a moneymaker. After petroleum, coffee is the world’s second- or third-most valuable commodity (disregarding illegal commodities). The global coffee market is worth at least $70 billion annually, and possibly as much as $100 billion.

Each year, more than 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide, and according to industry analysts, the market is far from saturated. In the United States, for example, coffee consumption per person annually is 23 gallons, and that is far less than the amount that was consumed back in the 1040’s, so the market is far from saturated. For coffee producers and sellers, these figures represent growth potential, especially as nutritional science increasingly demonstrates that coffee, when consumed in moderation, does have significant health benefits.

People in the past thought that coffee had miraculous health effects. And, in fact, in modern times it has been theorized that caffeine stimulates male sperm. There have also been some studies that indicate that Diabetes or Prediabetes can be helped by coffee because it will helps to prevent Cirrhosis of the liver, and can improve the way that people are affected by Asthma.

Coffee contains antioxidants much like red wine does and studies show that regular coffee drinkers have a lower incidence of heart disease. However, there are still things about coffee that you should pay heed to, especially when it comes to the amount that you use.

Like nearly everything in life, there are pros and cons. Coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant and can improve alertness in reasonable quantities, but may raise blood pressure and stress levels if too much is consumed. Coffee is also a diuretic and it will encourage the body to take frequent pit stops, and if you have certain health challenges your doctor may advise you to avoid it or to limit your consumption.

There are many ways that you can use coffee and there are many different types of coffee grown all around the world. Exploring the world of gourmet coffee can be a fun and educational experience.

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Coffee Pros and Cons

Coffee Pros and Cons

There have been so many studies and reports about the effects of coffee over the recent decades that many people are confused about the real results.

For a number of years we were told that coffee drinking was unhealthy, but now more recent studies tell us that is not true. Over four hundred million cups of coffee are consumed per day in this world, so of course this is an important issue.

The main problem that people may have is with the caffeine in coffee. Caffeine is a mild stimulant, and therefore raises blood pressure and can increase heart rate. This was of concern to earlier researchers; today, researchers think the effect is so mild and short-lived as to be negligible.

In fact, we are actually hearing about the benefits of coffee consumption. Some studies have even shown that the consumption of coffee reduces the incidence of colon cancer, but at such high levels that the negative effects of coffee may once again be an issue. But moderate levels of coffee drinking may actually be good for us. We know that it helps keep us alert. It has been discovered that wine contains certain antioxidants that help prevent heart disease and some cancers by removing free radicals from the blood system. The same may be true of coffee. Studies have shown that the concentration of antioxidants in coffee is greater than in cranberries, apples or tomatoes. Of course, those other fruits and vegetables also give us many other benefits such as vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Chinese studies have indicated that coffee consumption reduces the effects of Parkinson’s Disease. Some studies in both America and Scandinavia indicate that coffee may reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. And there is growing evidence that coffee can reduce the incidence of kidney stones and gallstones. Benefits have also been noted in the digestive system, since caffeine stimulates the production of stomach acid, aiding in digestion. In moderation, the consumption of coffee has been shown to reduce the constriction of the airways in asthma sufferers. A bronchodilator called theophylline, contained in coffee, helps this effect.

But, of course nearly everything, even things as good as coffee, also has negatives. Excess coffee consumption has been linked with infertility or reduced fertility. Higher blood levels of homocysteine and LDL cholesterol have been associated with coffee drinking; these are both factors in coronary heart disease. Since coffee contains cafestol, which raises blood cholesterol, this is one of the main reasons it has been indicted in the heart disease debate. However, the European method of making coffee, which is to boil the ground beans, is the real culprit in cafestol; the American method of percolating or filtering coffee removes it.

Another issue that has been raised regarding coffee drinking is that coffee may contribute to loss of bone density in women. In addition, women who drink four or more cups of coffee a day may be prone to incontinence.

The bottom line? As always, is moderation. The many benefits of drinking coffee are available, and the risks avoided, if coffee is drunk moderately. Get a one cup coffee maker and enjoy one or two good cups a day, or splurge on your cappuccino instead of endless cups from the coffee vending machine.

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