Coffee is woven into our social and cultural fabric and is certainly a part of many of our lives. According to studies, more than 64% of American adults have a cup of coffee on a regular basis.
However, enjoying a hot beverage in the morning isn’t just a part of many people’s daily routines. Gathering around to drink a cup of java is one of the most traditional ways to catch up with friends, meet with co-workers to discuss ideas, interview for jobs, and an endless list of other things. But drinking coffee provides far more benefits than simply finding a way to get the day started or to talk about what happened during yesterday’s meeting. Research suggests that coffee consumption offers myriad of health benefits and may even be a solution to improving your mood and reducing the risks of certain diseases.
Coffee Is an Important Part of Our Social Lives
Drinking coffee is perhaps one of the most common ways to socialize in today’s world. There are more than 35,616 coffee shops in the United States alone and the market value is worth over $54 billion dollars. It seems as though everywhere you go there is another option to find a cup of coffee or sit down to enjoy one. Younger generations have become particularly inclined to see coffee as not only a way to get the day started, but also as an important part of their social life. Surveys have shown that coffee is a symbol of a contemporary lifestyle and young consumers hold the social aspect that comes with it in high regard. A common social bond ultimately leads to a higher quality of life and better personal relationships.
The Dehydration Myth
Contrary to popular belief, coffee can actually hydrate you. For a very long time, people believed that the diuretic effect created by caffeine resulted in dehydration and drinking extra water was necessary to counteract it. However, recent research shows that it would take more than 500 mg of caffeine to successfully cause dehydration. The average American consumes far less than that amount on a regular basis.
Caffeine Can Improve Mood and Athletic Performance
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that moderate caffeine intake can actually improve your mood over the course of a day. In one study, consistent doses of caffeine helped limit levels of depression while simultaneously improving levels of alertness and attention. The release of dopamine created by caffeine ultimately results in feelings of euphoria which translates to more positive social interactions and greater self-esteem. However, healthy caffeine consumption isn’t just limited to an ability to improve your mood or confidence. It can actually increase your athletic performance and enhance the quality of your workouts. By increasing activity in the central nervous system, caffeine blocks certain pain signals your muscles send to your brain and allow you to exercise longer and harder.
Coffee is Low in Calories, Sugar-Free, and Full of Antioxidants
Coffee is made from somewhere between 25 and 100 different species of plants which are grown throughout the world. As a natural drink, a single 8 oz cup of coffee only consists of 2 calories and 96 mg of caffeine. The same amount of calories you will find in one-third of a banana or half a celery stalk. Comparatively, many popular energy drinks contain well over 200 calories and up to 200 mg of caffeine in a single serving.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a healthy adult shouldn’t have more than 400 mg of caffeine daily and many energy drinks verge on being incredibly risky to consume. However, not only is coffee low-calorie and free of high amounts of sugar and caffeine, it is full of antioxidants and can reduce some health risks. Studies have shown that roasted coffee contains beneficial compounds such as chlorogenic acid which “may slightly reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes by way of its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hypertensive qualities.” There is also room to believe that coffee could offer protection against illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and liver cancer.
At Eco Delight, Offering Great Coffee Is our Mission
While there isn’t a universal set of health benefits that every person will experience when having a cup of fresh roasted coffee, there is plenty to be optimistic about when reflecting upon the value coffee can bring to your life. Everyone is unique and has different preferences for finding a way to get their day started, but coffee has shown time and time again to hold the potential to really help you feel ready to face the world.
As a coffee company with roots tracing back six generations, at Eco Delight we offer different roasts and flavors from unique farms located in Ethiopia, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Colombia, and many other countries in the Coffee Belt. We remain committed to allowing our customers to experience a wide variety of fresh coffees from sustainable sources from around the world.