No doubt about it. Coffee is the new black. These days your look is not complete until you are equipped with at least a small white cup in your hand with the telltale lid. And for a bolder look, you may choose something with whipped cream on top in that cute little bubble cap. Not only is coffee look, its a lingo. Quelle horreur if you can’t throw the words macchiato and latte into a casual conversation. ( Ex. While drinking vanilla non-fat latte, the cutest guy came in the shop…) You get the picture. What is it about coffee?
Drinking coffee has always been a social activity. The beat poets gathered at coffee houses in the 1960’s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to talk about peace with Bob Dylan. Philosophers gathered at coffee houses in Greece with Socrates to debate. Why is coffee such a social drink? It takes a long time to drink. Hot or cold, no one really chugs coffee. Also, coffee makes people talkative. So there you have it, empty time and a loose tongue. The perfect recipe for conversation.
For years, we have loved our coffee. But for a while, coffee got a bad rap. The acidity was bad for your stomach; the caffeine was bad for your nerves, coffee could lead to stroke or heart disease. It seemed to make sense; nothing we enjoy this much could possibly be good for you. But then….. things changed. All of a sudden, knowledgable medical professionals started revealing evidence that this caffeinated liquid was actually good for you! Could it be? Let’s have a look at all some of the reasons you can feel good about getting your java fix.
Coffee can Make You Smarter and Boost Your Energy
Caffeine blocks inhibitory neurotransmitters in your brain and increases dopamine and fires up your neurons. Studies she that this improves memory, mood, energy levels and reaction time. Drink coffee before you take your SATs!!
Coffee can Burn Fat
Caffeine boosts the metabolic rate by 3-11%. Studies show that it can increase fat burning by 10% in obese people and 29% in lean people.
Coffee is the Biggest Source of Antioxidants in the Western Diet
Sort of sad, but true, studies show that most people get more antioxidants from coffee that fruit and veggies combined!
Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Some Kinds of Cancer
One study showed that coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer. Another study of 489,706 people found the those who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a lower risk of colorectal cancer. Liver and colorectal cancer are, respectively, the third and fourth leading cause of cancer death in the world.
and last but not least….
Coffee Makes You Happy
A 2011 Harvard study showed women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day had a 20% lower risk of depression and another study polled 208,424 individuals and found those who drank 4 or more cups o coffee were less likely to commit suicide.
So, be cool, smart, thin and healthy! Keep drinking that java.