International Coffee Day is an occasion that is used to promote and celebrate coffee as a beverage, with events now occurring in places across the world. The first official date was 1 October 2015, as agreed by then International Coffee Organization. It is observed to celebrate the love for coffee worldwide, and it also focuses on supporting million farmers whose livelihood depends on coffee plantation.
Drinking coffee can offer several benefits as well as excess of this drink can lead to several side effects. Many drink several cups of coffee throughout the day, and so there are interesting myths and facts to know about coffee.
Common myths and facts about coffee
- Coffee dehydrates you – The reason people drool over coffee is because of the caffeine present. Intaking a lot of caffeine may result in dehydration which automatically makes people think that coffee causes dehydration. But this totally a myth. Moderate amount of coffee consumption will not lead to dehydration.
- Coffee will cure your hangover – Drinking coffee will not cure hangovers. The coffee compounds do not reduce the effect of alcohol and in fact, drinking coffee can make your hangover headache worse. Coffee increases blood pressure and if your head is already aching, coffee won’t cure but intensify it.
- Coffee will help you lose weight – Coffee can help you eat less but it certainly cannot help you in losing weight. It can have a small contribution in increasing your metabolism but a long-term weight loss is not possible with just drinking coffee.
- Pregnant women shouldn’t drink coffee – It is totally okay to drink coffee if you are pregnant but you will have to limit its per day consumption. But you should consult your doctor before adding coffee to your diet during pregnancy.
- If your heart troubles, stick to decaf – Moderate consumption of coffee does no harm to anybody having a heart disease. Too much of coffee increases your blood pressure which ultimately increases your heart rate and put you at a higher heart disease risk. So, you can limit your daily consumption of caffeine to keep your heart healthy. Heart disease patients should get their diet monitored by their doctor.
Facts about coffee
- It lowers the risk of stroke – Healthy amount of coffee intake can actually do you good! Coffee can reduce the chances of heart diseases, strokes and diabetes as per studies.
- Coffee can reduce the risk of Parkinson’s Disease – Good amount of coffee consumption is known to lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease(brain disorder) and its effects. Many studies have also found this fact that caffeine reduces the risk by around 30%.
- Coffee boosts your physical performance – Caffeine consumption instantly makes your mind alert and your body energetic and active. So, coffee truly boosts your physical performance.
- Coffee helps you focus – Coffee creates an impact on the central nervous system and helps the brain manufacture more of dopamine (a neurochemical), which boosts your ability to focus and maintain concentration.
- Coffee has a lot of antioxidants – Coffee is a good source of antioxidants and is loaded with them. These antioxidants help us prevent many harmful diseases, including cancer.