Experts now agree that coffee is good for us, provided it is consumed in moderation. Four espresso machines a day is good, apparently. Good for the Italians, who are flourishing thanks to this product!
It seems that coffee protects our livers from cirrhosis and improves our blood circulation. It can also help us protect ourselves against certain cancers, especially those of the prostate, pancreas, and bladder, to name a few.
It also protects our teeth from cavities and is a wonderful source of antioxidants that protect us from free radicals in our bodies that can cause cancer. Of course, we also get antioxidants from fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other foods, but coffee contains 600 times more antioxidants than fruit.
Benefits of Coffee
Antioxidants can delay the aging process, giving our skin its youthful elasticity. They can help fight wrinkles and crow’s feet that form around the eyes with age.
Science has discovered that if you drink between 3 and 5 cups of coffee a day, it can protect you from dementia, Parkinson’s disease and that, all of them being so, it can also help you live longer.
Coffee can also fight depression and reduce the risk of suicide. Of course, it is better to drink black coffee without sugar. Sugar is certainly not good for us. If only we could wean ourselves off, we would be healthier.
Coffee has a role to play in the Mediterranean diet, as people who live in the Mediterranean region tend to drink a lot of coffee. They usually do not have milk in their coffee, think of Greek coffee, for example. Recent research studies have shown that dairy products are bad for us. Milk deprives our bones of calcium, and both cheese and milk have been associated with prostate cancer risks. The advertisers have done an excellent job in persuading us that milk is good for us. It’s not! It’s not! In addition, children of both sexes can develop acne by consuming dairy products.
Of course, everyone reacts differently to coffee. Some people suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, insomnia, sleep disorders and headaches due to their caffeine consumption.
The infusion certainly improves mental alertness, which is why many people drink a cup of coffee right after waking up in the morning. Just the smell of freshly brewed coffee usually makes us feel better and more awake.
So let us continue to drink coffee, knowing that it is good for us, as long as we do not put sugar and milk in it.
Should You Eat Coffee Beans?
You may find the idea of eating unpleasant coffee grounds, but they are full of antioxidants also called dietary phenolic compounds. These compounds promote heart health, perhaps more so than coffee consumption.
Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body that can cause cancer. They also help to protect our skin from the aging process.
Antioxidants are found in many fresh foods. For example, spinach, beets, red cabbage, artichokes, kale, raspberries, strawberries, and pecans. Even dark chocolate is a source of antioxidants. In fact, it contains more antioxidants than blueberries and raspberries. If you eat cocoa-rich products like dark chocolate, they can lower your blood pressure.
Coffee grounds are also useful for other things, so don’t waste them. If you really don’t think you can eat them (and why would you?), there are many things you can do with them.
In the garden, coffee grounds are an excellent insect repellent and nutrient for plants such as roses. They are also a fertilizer and you can add wood ash or lime to the soil to make a very good fertilizer. If you have a compost pile, add your coffee grounds to it because they are rich in nitrogen. It seems that worms are attracted to the land and that the soil in your garden benefits from their activity.
Did you know that carrots love coffee grounds? If you mix your coffee grounds with your carrot seeds, you will stimulate their growth. You will get bigger and better carrots than ever before.
Coffee may be good for you, but make sure that you don’t confuse this with giving you permission to drink five mochas in a single day! Coffee may be good for you, but excessive amounts of milk and sugar are not!