- Coffee was first introduced in the 15th century, and to this day it maintains its status as one of the most popular beverages, with millions of coffee drinkers worldwide. The black brew is made from ripe berries which are picked from the coffee plant, processed and dried. Once dry, these ‘beans’ are roasted and ground to be brewed into the coffee drink we all know and love.
- The majority of coffee is produced in Brazil. It produces 40% of the world’s coffee.
- Regularly drinking coffee may have health benefits such as reduced risk of illnesses like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
- Globally people consume about 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day.
Importance of drinking coffee
- Can improve energy levels and make us smarter.
- Can help burn fat.
- May lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
- May protect from Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
- May lower risk of Parkinson’s.
- Can fight depression and make happier.
- May lower risk of certain types of Cancer.
- The biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet.
Caffeine, an active ingredient in coffee.
The caffeine content of your morning joe can range from 50 to over 400 mg. Many sources recommend 400 mg of caffeine per day as the safe upper limit for healthy adults.
Short-term symptoms of excess intake of caffeine
If you drink too much coffee over a short period, you may experience mental and physical symptoms, including:
- upset stomach
- fast heartbeat