FOOD & FITNESS / AUG. 01, 2013
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Myths and Truths about Coffee

Drinking coffee is a routine in our lives. Every once in a while we hear someone saying how bad the coffee is for us. But what is true and what is merely a myth?

Here are some clues:

HARMFUL

False. No food is harmful by itself: it depends on the amount consumed. Coffee is a good source of antioxidants and, according to various studies, can influence the prevention of certain cancers and neurodegenerative diseases.

PRODUCES CELLULITE

False. Indeed, the appearance of cellulite is linked mainly to the lack of exercise, poor diet, and genetic factors.

SLEEPLESSNESS

True. Caffeine is an alkaloid that stimulates the nervous system, causing the person to accelerate and be more alert.

The recommended dose is three cups per day maximum (300 mg). After this many, many people can suffer insomnia and even tachycardia.

DO NOT TAKE EARLY

False. The concern should be with the rest of your breakfast. This means that the first meal of the day, in addition to coffee, should be balanced in terms of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

CAUSE GASTRITIS

This requires a precision. Coffee may trigger this disease if taken too often on empty stomach because it irritates the walls of the organ. Therefore, you need to eat something before drinking and not to exceed the recommended daily dose.

CAFFEINE IS BETTER

Not necessarily. It depends on the tastes and needs of each person. For example, if someone has problems with caffeine, it would be appropriate to avoid consumption.

CAUSES WEIGHT GAIN

False. Coffee only has a low concentration of calories, but adding sugar or cream is another story.

MILK IS BETTER

May be richer, but perhaps not 'better', considering that caffeine inhibits the absorption of calcium.

THE STRONGER THE BETTER

Just as in maths, architecture and art there is a Golden Ratio for making the perfect cup of coffee. Use one tablespoon of coffee for each cup of coffee you are brewing. Great art, like great coffee, demands that some rules are meant to be broken... but starting with this ratio will help you on your way to making a great cup.

KEEP COFFEE IN THE FRIDGE

When you freeze or refrigerate your coffee you are doing the worst thing possible for the flavor of your beans. Coffee is the ultimate aroma absorber and despite your best zip locking, the smells in your fridge or freezer will be absorbed by your coffee. Onion flavored coffee doesn't taste that great! Coffee also absorbs moisture when it's in the fridge/freezer. No matter how well it's sealed the coffee will pick up moisture, especially coming in and out of your freezer. For best results keep your coffee in a sealed container out of direct sunlight.

Therefore some of the of the things we hear about coffee are merely myths. Although, there is one universal truth: Once you wake up and smell it, it's hard to go back to sleep!

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