New study: How healthy is coffee really?Every now and then you can read in the press that coffee is not healthy, so unhealthy. Unfortunately, rumors about negative experiences last longer than positive reports. But what is really true? Is coffee really healthier than we all think? Let us describe it here. Picking up on some important points.
Coffee and your health
Rumors about the negative effects of coffee still persist to this day. Is there actually any truth to these statements? Could most people's favorite morning beverage be healthy or rather unhealthy? We would like to address these questions. Getting to the bottom of the truth. What
Can coffee extract fluids from the body?
For a long time, it has been amed that coffee can draw fluids from the body. This amption is not quite so true. Antje Dahl works at the German Society for Nutrition (DGE) and claims that this wrong amption is based on the misinterpreted studies of the past. "Due to the amount of water contained in coffee, additional fluid is added to the body when consumed regularly."A regular coffee drinker is used to caffeine intake. However, the fact that caffeine has a short-term diuretic effect is correct. For this reason, the coffee can even improve fluid balance with the regular coffee consumption. Coffee is also one of the most popular (non-alcoholic) beverages in the world. Studies show that in Germany, about every person, consumes half a liter of coffee per day.
Caffeine: curse or blessing?
Caffeine belongs to an alkaloid of the substance group Xanthie. After drinking coffee for the first time in the morning, the caffeine takes between 30 and 45 minutes to reach the bloodstream. The half-life, i.e. the time it takes for the caffeine content in the body to be halved, depends on various factors. For example, body size, weight, age, gender, genetic predispositions and individual health status can play a huge role in half-life. The average half-life of a healthy person is four hours. On the other hand, caffeine metabolism can be drastically slowed down in pregnant women. Reaching a half-life of up to 20 hours.
However, caffeine can also have a stimulating effect when consumed in small doses. For example, the cardiovascular system, the ability to concentrate and memorize, and physical performance can be improved. Among the other positive properties of caffeine are the cheering up and the mood elevation. For this reason, coffee is suitable for most people as a wake-up call in the morning and gives strength for the day. Furthermore, caffeine can be found in many medications as one of the active ingredients. Most drugs containing caffeine are used for neuralgia, migraine, pain, cardiac insufficiency, allergies and asthma. Furthermore, caffeine cannot cause high blood prere (hypertension) and damage the cardiovascular system. Nevertheless, people who suffer from high blood prere should be sparing with their coffee consumption. Thanks to the latest research, a claim can be made that a lifetime of coffee consumption can reduce the risk of depression. In addition, the reduction of mental performance can be slowed down or even stopped.
How is caffeine produced in coffee?
The roasting process of the coffee bean is a decisive point, which strongly influences the caffeine content in the coffee. For example, three times more caffeine can be found in a Robusta bean than in an Arabica bean. The common Arabica bean contains about 1.7 percent pure caffeine, while the Robusta bean reaches a whopping 4.5 percent. This brings us to another point that makes it even more unclear how much coffee is good and how much coffee is bad for the human body. It is therefore due to the pure caffeine content, which, by the way, comes out in a significantly higher concentration in filter coffee than z.B. in an espresso. In addition, the type of roasting is decisive for the caffeine content. For example, it is quite possible for one espresso manufacturer's espresso to contain only 50 mg of pure caffeine, while another manufacturer's espresso contains approx. 300 mg.
Another difference that affects the caffeine content of coffee is the method of preparation. Each different method of preparation has its advantages and disadvantages, because it also brings changes in taste. For example.B. the filtered coffee does not drive up the cholesterol level. The ingredients kahweol and cafestol remain in the paper filter during preparation. Of course, such statements cannot be generalized and there is only one solution!
The solution lies in the coffee itself!
A rule of thumb says that even four cups of coffee a day do not represent a negative effect on the body. On the contrary, daily coffee consumption can have a positive effect on health and improve the ability to concentrate. However, it is important to pay attention to the quality of the bean when buying coffee. In addition, gentle roasting is at least as important as the quality of the bean. It still depends on the amount of coffee consumed daily whether coffee has a healthy effect on the organism. Here, as with everything: enjoy in moderation, not in masses. Coffee is not a liquid robber, as it was often amed. However, it is by no means advisable to drink only coffee instead of water. Coffee is still not a thirst quencher, but a drink that should make us awake and that we like to enjoy throughout the day. It is also important to know that too much coffee can lead to potassium deficiency. This in turn leads to headaches, fatigue and muscle problems.
Does coffee help you lose weight??
Again and again you hear such rumors as: Coffee is the wonder weapon in the fight against obesity. Is there any truth to this rumor? Caffeine has a stimulating effect on the metabolism. Can influence the central nervous system. When coffee is consumed, the organism generates heat and thus the body consumes energy. Thus fat is burned. This is also the reason why many people indulge in a coffee or espresso after a meal. The miracle effect is believed in and some people even resort to caffeine supplements to speed up the diet. Coffee can be drunk calmly during a diet. Will not harm the diet at all. However, coffee does not bring any miracle effect in the fight against kilos either.
Cons: side effects and a short-term effect
Most nutritionists advise against such supplements. Possible side effects include excessive sweating as well as increased blood prere. These approaches are too short term. Can cause more damage than positive effects. Our body gets used to daily coffee consumption quite quickly and adapts accordingly. As a result, the effect wears off and the whole weight loss procedure turns out to be even more difficult than before. In order to lose weight properly, it is advisable to eat a balanced and healthy diet.
The energy bomb in the morning: butter + coffee?
Surely everyone has heard of the "Paleo Hype Bulletproof Coffee"? This "drink" is nothing more than a mixture of coffee and butter. At first it sounds very disgusting, but internationally this drink is gaining more and more followers. The satiating effect of Bulletproof Coffee is praised to the skies. Should be used as a substitute for the usual meals or. Serve breakfast. However, the effect of this "miracle drug" is also hotly disputed. We have this test& Comparison (04/2022) checked in the current month. The descriptions of individual products updated. Our recommendations are still up to date. Last update on 27.