Dark side of coffee
Coffee has come a long way since the Turks withdrew from Austria, leaving so bitter grains that the Viennese felt compelled to add a large amount of milk and sugar – which was considered the world’s first cappuccino. It is believed that the drink took its name from a Friar of the Capuchin Order, who came up with the idea of easing the bitterness of coffee.
Nowadays, coffee creations may seem more like a dessert than an ordinary drink in a cup. Each local café has a variety of coffee creations, and the menu of the famous Starbucks contains such delicacies as mint frappuccino with mint mixed with whipped cream and chocolate.
Despite proving that caffeine harms our body, because it causes:
● shaking hands,
This is how dietitians put more attention to added sugar or full-fat milk.
It’s no secret that the world has an increasing problem with obesity and diabetes in children, and high-calorie drinks do not help. Now young people no longer drink normal coffee, they want one with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and ice cream. One such pleasure can die up to 500 kcal. That’s the equivalent of half of a full dinner, and we can drink 2 or 3 daily such fancy coffee.
In addition to gaining another centimeter at the waist, coffee can also cause dryness in the mouth, and this contributes to tooth decay. This problem is compounded by the fact that tannic acid contained in coffee can stain tooth enamel, giving some smiles an unwanted shade of latte.
Coffee affects not only the health of adults and less adult people. Pregnant women are warned not to consume more than two cups a day and only in cases when the future mother can not refuse an aromatic infusion. Researchers from England found that pregnant women who drank more than 200 mg of caffeine per day (number in two medium-sized cups of coffee) more often gave birth to underweight children. Lower birth weights can also lead to spontaneous abortion – another health problem with which caffeine has previously been associated.
“Devil’s drink” – this is how the Christians called coffee in the sixteenth century. Studies of various types have shown, however, that coffee can bring health benefits.
At some point coffee had a negative impact on the cardiovascular system, influenced heart attacks and abnormal rhythms. Drinking coffee leads to a small and transient increase in blood pressure. However, according to a study of 27,000 women over 15 years, those who consumed 1 to 3 cups a day reduced the total risk of cardiovascular disease by 24 percent. It was once thought that coffee could be a major contributor to pancreatic cancer due to the Harvard study of 1981. Since then, the role of coffee as a carcinogen has been discarded, and current research has shown that it can help prevent breast and uterine cancer in women.
Drinking coffee and alcohol is often related in one way or another – and it seems to be a beneficial relationship. A study of a group of 125 500 people showed that people who drink a lot of alcohol reduce the risk of cirrhosis by 20% if they drink a cup of coffee a day. And even among doubters, it turned out that coffee reduces the risk of developing liver cancer.
The direction to the corner cafe instead of to the pharmacy can be a good idea if you are exposed to Type II diabetes. Two global studies have shown that it reduces the risk of disease – sometimes up to 50%. This is especially good news for those who feel tremor with excessive amounts of caffeine, because the beneficial effect is associated with chlorogenic acid, which occurs in both decaffeinated and regular infusions.
Increasing the dose of caffeine is obviously a boon for athletes – so much so that it was once considered a substance strictly controlled by the International Olympic Committee. Earlier thinking was that caffeine caused the release of sugars in the muscles, but new studies indicate that calcium is actually released, allowing more rapid muscle spasms.
Doctors always quickly indicate that excessive consumption of caffeine is never a good idea, and the magical number of benefits from coffee seems to range from one to four cups a day. So while the stories of old wives about the influence of coffee on inhibiting the growth of masculinity are not so real, then other traditional wisdom is certainly already – everything in moderation.