Blog Post #143
I don’t know about you, but my favourite cup of coffee is that first morning mug of mellow, roasted goodness. I love the aroma of the brew and that feeling when the caffeine kicks in. Yes, I freely admit it, I am a coffee addict — I can’t start my day without it! Read my blog post about how I make my morning joe!
What about you? Are you a coffee-hound, too? Are you worried about the “bad” effects that coffee may have on your health? Don’t despair — here are four reasons coffee is good for you — so don’t give your habit just yet!
Coffee Makes You Happy
Studies have shown that drinking coffee can boost your mood. Increasing evidence has suggested that coffee promotes dopamine production. Dopamine has many functions in humans one of which is to stimulate the pleasure centre of our brain. According to research, coffee drinkers are less likely to suffer from depression than non-coffee drinkers.
Coffee Makes You Smart
Dopamine also helps our working memory, focus, attention, and problem-solving. So by increasing dopamine levels in our brain, coffee may make you a little smarter.
Coffee Helps You Stay Healthy
Drinking coffee may help you ward off certain types of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and certain types of cancer, such as liver cancer. Coffee contains contains many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which, according to studies, helps fight these illnesses.
Coffee Can Help You Maintain a Healthy Weight
As a stimulant, coffee raises metabolism and also increases the oxidation of fatty acids, aiding in weight loss. These same effect also boosts exercise performance which also helps keep us at our optimum weight.
Fun With Coffee
I found this amusing quiz — The Truth About Coffee. It only took a few minutes to complete and I learned some interesting facts about coffee as I was answering the short test.
My score was 58% (7 correct out of 12 questions)— not too bad! WebMd’s assessment of my coffee knowledge: “You’re no java genius, but you can find your way around a coffeepot.”
Bahaha! What’s your score?