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Is Coffee Healthy

If coffee is healthy or not has been discussed for ages, myths and facts are often mixed together. Lately, researchers have had a closer look at old studies and come to some new conclusions. It looks like coffee is a little bit healthier than previously thought.

Coffee has been popular for a long time and some people drink a lot of coffee every day. You can hear that coffee is both bad and good for your health. Several studies have found out that coffee, in moderate amounts, has a number of health benefits. It also looks like earlier studies may have exaggerated the risks of drinking coffee. Many of them did not take into account well-known high-risk behaviors which were common amongst many coffee drinkers back in those days.

But also the recent studies warn about drinking too much coffee. Large daily consumption of coffee may lead to a number of health issues, or at least increase the risk of several health problems. High consumption of unfiltered coffee for example elevates cholesterol levels. Too much coffee may also over time increase the risk of heart disease. The general advice is that up to four cups of coffee a day is safe.

In small amounts, coffee may have some health benefits. It can protect against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancers. Coffee also has a high content of antioxidants but how well it works against aging is still unknown.

You probably know that coffee contains caffeine. It is a stimulant which is also found in cola soft drinks, chocolate, energy bars and in some medications. In small doses, caffeine make you feel refreshed and focused. In large doses, you may feel anxious and have difficulty sleeping. It is possible to build up a tolerance to caffeine, meaning that larger doses are needed to achieve the same effect. Over time, you may become dependent on caffeine in order to get your body to function at its best.

The safe amount caffeine varies from person to person but many experts say that up to 400 or 500 mg per day is acceptable. A standard cup of coffee contains around 100 mg of caffeine, espresso coffees may contain up to 200 mg. Decaffeinated coffee contains only a few mg of caffeine. Remember that chocolate, cola soft drinks and energy drinks contain caffeine as well. Note that for pregnant women, the safe amount is only 200 mg per day.

One important warning about coffee, or rather caffeine, one should be aware of is that it temporarily increases blood pressure. It also looks like a high caffeine intake can raise blood pressure permanently but not everyone is affected by this. If you suffer from hypertension and want to drink coffee, or any other drink which contains caffeine, you shoule discuss the issue with your doctor.

Coffee Beans for Beginners

There are two main types of coffee beans, Coffea Arabica and Coffea Robusta. Actually, they should be called coffee seeds, not beans, but most people call them coffee beans. Coffee beans are green before they go through processing.

Coffee beans get their different colors after they’re roasted. It’s also how they get flavored. During the process of roasting, the oils in the beans flavor the coffee. The color of the coffee beans will tell you if it’s a light or a dark roast. This signifies the length of time that the beans spent in the roasting process.

There are four basic types of roasts, from light roasted to dark roasted. As you can guess, the light roasted coffee beans did not go through the roasting process for the same length of time that dark roasts did. The lighter the roast of the coffee, the less bitterness the coffee flavor has. The length of time the beans spent in roasting is what you see on the labels on the outside of the bag or can of coffee that you purchase, the light, the medium, the medium dark and the dark.

In a light roast, because the process isn’t as long, the oils are not freed to the outer part of the bean. This makes the light roast less bitter than the other roasts. The medium roast, has a darker color and stronger taste. You still won’t have as much of the bitterness, because there’s not a lot of the oil to give it that bitter taste.

With a medium dark roast, the first thing that will catch your attention will be the color of the beans. The color will be noticeably darker than the light roast and slightly darker than the medium one. It also has a distinct bitterness. Coffee beans that are dark roasted no longer look brown, instead they have a black color. The oil on the bean is more noticeable right away. The taste of this coffee is very bitter. If you’ve ever had an espresso, it was made using these darker, bitter beans.

Because beans can vary even within their classifications, what one medium coffee tastes like doesn’t mean that another medium will taste exactly like it. So you may have to try several different varieties to figure out what pleases your taste the most. If you like to drink coffee that has a powerful taste and gives you that bitter flavor, then you want to go with the darkest roast.

You can buy coffee from all over the world. Different countries and regions will deliver coffee that has a unique taste. Even how the bean is process initially, picked by hand versus machine, can make a difference. Some coffee is labelled as blend, this means that the beans are brought together from more than one source. This can be an advantage, because the flavors are paired together to create a rich fullness in flavor.