You probably drink coffee every morning and never give it a second thought, right? I know I do. Despite the relative ease of brewing your cup of joe in the morning, coffee is a complicated substance with an colorful history.
These 16 facts about your favorite morning beverage will probably blow your mind. Or at least make you crave another cup of coffee by the end of it.
1.) Coffee vs. Cortisol.
When you first wake up, your body produces a hormone known as cortisol. Cortisol actually wakes you up, and gets you feeling more alert. Sadly caffeine always loses out to cortisol. Which means that drinking coffee when your body is producing cortisol is pretty pointless, unless you just want the taste
2.) Coffee won’t dehydrate you, unless you drink a lot.
For a long time, coffee was thought to be harsh diuretic. That is, it takes water from the body and dehydrates you. However more recent research has found that so long as you’re drinking less than two coffees a day, that’s not the case. But who only drinks one cup of coffee a day?
3.) Thank goats for your cup of Joe.
The common belief is that Ethiopian shepherds discovered the amazing effect of caffeine by observing the behavior of their goats after they ate coffee berries. They said the goats “danced”. That’s when they knew, this could be big.
4.) Coffee will keep you alive.
Or at least that’s the hope. Coffee has a ton of antioxidants in it. These antioxidants help the body fight off what are known as free radicals. These are nasty chemicals that our bodies absorb from the environment. Free radicals can cause Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes, and heart disease.
5.) Get your vitamins from coffee.
Here the nutritional break down in a cup of coffee: 1 percent of the daily recommended amount of B2 vitamins, 6 percent of B5 vitamins, 3 percent of Manganese and Potassium, and 2 percent of Niacin and Magnesium. That’s one healthy beverage.
6.) Slim down by drinking coffee.
Coffee and its partner in crime, caffeine, will increase your metabolism. According to researchers, that bump can be as high as 11 percent. Go coffee!
7.) Welcome to the Coffee Belt.
No, it’s not the latest fashion craze. It’s the area of the planet where all of the world’s coffee comes from.
8.) Iced coffee will cost you more (so drink hot coffee).
Ever noticed that iced coffee is much more expensive than regular brewed coffee? That’s because it’s harder to make. Plus you need more things to enjoy it properly, such as plastic cups and straws.
9.) Caffeine is beautiful.
Just look at this up close picture of a caffeine crystal. It’s more beautiful than the Mona Lisa.
10.) Caffeine is quick.
Within ten minutes of your first sip of java, you’ll start to feel caffeine working its magic.
11.) Black Ivory Coffee.
Black Ivory Coffee is the most expensive coffee on earth. It’s $50 a cup, and made using elephant poop. I’ll spare you the rest of the details. Apparently its delicious.
12.) Coffee > cirrhosis.
Coffee can turn your liver into a lean, mean, fighting machine. Studies have shown that people who drink at least four cups of coffee a day are 80 percent less likely to develop cirrhosis.
13.) Webcams for coffee.
The world’s first webcam was set up by a group of students to keep an eye on their coffee pot. This way they could always be sure whether it was full or not.
14.) They banned coffee houses England.
King Charles II of England banned coffee houses in 1675. He believed people were using the gathering places as cover to conspire against the crown.
15.) Get a better work out with coffee.
Drink coffee (or just caffeine) and you’ll perform better during your next workout.
16.) Coffee is berry good.
In case you didn’t know. Coffee is a red berry and it grows on trees.
Coffee is the greatest. It cannot be beat. In fact, I think it’s time I had another cup (or two) of coffee.
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