Long story short I now drink coffee every day. Am I addicted? Well, you know, I like to look at the positive side of things so I did some research on the benefits of coffee. That way when people are like, "yeah man, you're addicted" I can be like "because of the benefits ;)." And yeah I'd totally wink at them just to make things awkward.
- Caffeine is a stimulant
The average cup of coffee contains 100 mg of caffeine. This amount is enough to promote an increase in alertness and focus. In addition “caffeine has been shown to enhance several different modes of exercise performance including endurance, high-intensity team sport activity, and strength-power performance," according to the research review done by Goldstein et al. (2010).
It should be noted that the effects of caffeine may vary from person to person depending on their metabolism, diet, and tolerance. For people that consume caffeine through multiple avenues might not reap the same benefits on performance due to an increased tolerance on the stimulant.
- Coffee contains antioxidant properties
Coffee is a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals. Is it possible that in a way coffee is better for you than fruits and vegetables? Well, if you're talking about antioxidants then you may be correct. A study by compared "food groups, coffee, wine, and vegetables" and "surprisingly, the single greatest contributor to the total antioxidant intake was coffee" (Svilaas et al., 2004).
- Accelerated fat loss
Research shows that normal caffeine consumption can increase your resting metabolic rate 3-4% and "can have a significant influence on energy balance and may promote thermogenesis in the treatment of obesity" (Duioo, G., Geissler, C., Thorton, Collins, A., and Miller, D., 1989).
When coffee is consumed before a workout, it can direct the body to utilize fat cells for energy instead of carbohydrate sources like glycogen. This depletion of fat stores, in addition to the increased effects of energy expenditure, is what can help accelerate fat loss.
- But doesn't coffee dehydrate you? Not so fast...
A 2014 research study showed that "there were no significant differences across a wide range of hematological and urinary markers of hydration status between trials. These data suggest that coffee, when consumed in moderation by caffeine habituated males provides similar hydrating qualities to water" (Killer, S., Blannin, A., Jeukendrup).
Health Tip: skip out on the cream and sugar. You pretty much take away the health benefits if you add a crap ton of sugar to your drink. This is common sense but I thought I'd give it a mention.
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Killer, S., Blannin, A., Jeukendrup, A. No Evidence of Dehydration with Moderate Daily Coffee Intake: A Counterbalanced Cross-Over Study in a Free-Living Population. Jan. 8 2014. PLoS ONE 9(1): e84154. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084154.
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