As one who loves coffee, you know what you like: your favorite type of roast, your favorite coffee (Ubean Coffee, of course!), your favorite way of drinking it. (All black, no cream/sugar at all, or as a mocha piled high with whipped cream and hazelnut flavoring, for example.)
As the maker and seller of specialty, premium coffee, we know a few things that are true and awesome about coffee, and a few that, unfortunately, are true but not as awesome.
Take a look below for four coffee truths (both great and not) every coffee lover should know.
Coffee is full of terrific antioxidants.
In many ways, the coffee bean is a magic bean: coffee is the planet’s largest source of antioxidants!
Just so you understand why this is important: antioxidants “donate” electrons to the reactive molecules (“free radicals”) that constantly attack our bodies. Free radicals are bad because their electrons aren’t paired and therefore can damage critical cell structures in our body such as DNA and proteins.
And coffee gives us more antioxidants than any other food!
Coffee does, however, stain your teeth.
Do you know of someone who drinks four or more cups of coffee a day and has done so for years? If the person is middle aged, chances are good that you’ve noticed that his teeth aren’t white but have started to “yellow” to some degree.
Tooth enamel appears smooth but actually has microscopic ridges and pits that can attract and hold food and drink particles. The dark pigment in drinks such as soda, tea and coffee can become embedded in those ridges/pits and over time can result in permanent yellow stains on teeth.
The best way to avoid yellow stains is to not drink coffee. (As if!) So, if possible, rinse your mouth with water and/or brush your teeth immediately after drinking coffee to remove the yellowing pigments. You also can try using whitening toothpaste.
Coffee can reduce the risk of heart failure/attack and stroke.
A major University of Colorado School of Medicine study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017 made headlines in November as researchers reported that by using machine learning paired with traditional data analysis techniques on the ongoing (69 years so far) Framingham Heart Study they found an inverse relationship between how much coffee a person drinks each week and how exposed he is to stroke and heart failure: an extra cup of coffee a week could lower an individual’s risk of stroke by 9 percent and heart failure by 7 percent.
Drink caffeinated coffee fewer than six hours before bed and it could help keep you awake.
Drinking caffeinated coffee close(ish) to bedtime can decrease your sleep quantity as well as quality “significantly.”
This is especially true for the middle-aged among us because our bodies no longer can move caffeine through our liver and out our body as quickly as younger people (those younger than 40 or so). In fact, those 40 and over may want to limit coffee/caffeine intake to 100mg or less per day. And that’s just one cup of brewed coffee!