Before we move back into the world of Tisanes, I want to take a moment to talk about the most popular drink in the world: Coffee. Coffee has been a staple of the working class for centuries, and it's rare to find someone in today's society who doesn't like it. Even children have been drinking more of this flavorful brew. It's sold and made practically everywhere, and 50% of the United States population (which is about 150 million people) consumes an average of 3.1 cups a day. That's a LOT of Coffee! Personally, I can only do about 1 1/2-2 cups a day, depending on the situation. That's still quite a bit of Coffee, and I couldn't help but wonder if this magical liquid had any other benefits besides caffeine. Fortunately, the answer is Yes! First, though, how about some history? The Coffee plant was discovered in Ethiopia around 800 A.D. by a goatherd named Kaldi. He noticed that his goats were prancing happily around a green bush as they ate its red berries, so Kaldi tried a few berries for himself. He was soon dancing along with his goats as he experienced Coffee for the first time. There was a monk who witnessed Kaldi's dance, and he picked some of the berries to take back to the monastery. After eating them, the monks found themselves uncannily alert to divine inspiration. Coffee as we know it didn't appear until 1000 A.D. when the Muslims of Arabia began roasting the beans and drinking the bitter concoction. They monopolized the Coffee trade by making sure all outgoing seeds were infertile, which meant that no Coffee plants could sprout outside of Africa or Arabia. That lasted until a smuggler named Baba Budan smuggled fertile seeds out of the Mecca in the 1600s, prompting an agricultural expansion that would soon cover the world. Thus, Coffee was born. Now that you have an idea of how Coffee came to be, we can look into what it does to your body. Coffee is a natural substance, and it contains a large amount of caffeine (94.8mg), Magnesium and Phosphorus (7.1mg each), Potassium (116mg), Sodium (4.7mg), Calcium (4.7mg), and Fluoride (215mcg). It also has trace amounts of Folate (4.7mcg), Choline (6.2mg), and about 2.4 calories. With that in mind, Coffee has been shown to:
These are but a few of the many benefits of Coffee, but there are some adverse effects as well that I should warn you about. Too much Coffee can cause: In conclusion, Coffee in moderation is very beneficial for your overall health. Just be careful not to load it down with unhealthy creamer and sugars! To learn more about this popular drink, check out E-Imports, Self Nutrition Data, Caffeine Informer, Authority Nutrition, Warrior Coffee, Rush University Medical Center, Coffee Research, and National Geographic. The photos are my own.