Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks and for good reason; not only is it delicious but it’s also packed full of health benefits that most of us are probably unaware of every time we reach for the kettle or visit our local café.
It’s often thought that coffee has a negative effect on our health, especially the caffeine – however this isn’t true. Coffee is a naturally grown product, so in moderation, it can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet. Just make sure to avoid the flavoured sugar syrups and generous helpings of whipped cream that come with fancy, seasonal drinks made famous by high street coffee brands.
Making a healthier choice at a café can be hard, especially if you’re not a fan of a plain black Americano – I mean, who doesn’t prefer a Vanilla Latte? However making small changes such as using dairy free alternatives to milk and cutting the amount of sugar you add can seriously make a difference.
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If you’re planning a coffee date this bank holiday weekend, here are just a few of the wonderful healthy aspects of coffee to help you sit back and enjoy without feeling guilty!
Caffeine activates natural stimulants produced by your brain, including dopamine and glutamine. These stimulants will make you more alert and motivated, resulting in a mood boost! Studies have also shown that even the smell of coffee can help reduce stress.
Helps Burn Fat
There’s good reason you’ll find caffeine in every commercial weight loss supplement – caffeine stimulates our nervous system whilst increasing our adrenaline levels. Adrenaline travels through our blood to our fat tissues, releasing these fatty acids into the blood itself, where it is then used and burnt as energy by our body.
Protects Your Liver
Coffee can help reduce the risk of liver failure by blocking the receptors in your body that are responsible for activating the cells in the liver that lay down scar tissue. A component called diterpenes is also found in coffee, which can reduce inflammation of the liver itself.
Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Coffee beans contain essential minerals such as magnesium and chromium, which help the body use the hormone insulin, which controls your blood sugar levels and therefore reducing your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes!
A Great Source of Nutrients
Coffee contains several a great number of important nutrients including Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin (Vitamin B3).
There you have it, coffee is full to the brim with great benefits to your body.So keep that caffeine fix clean and reap the rewards while indulging in one of your favourite pastimes.