Happy National Coffee Day! To celebrate, I thought I would shake things up a bit and make today’s post all about that dark drink we love so much. And, believe it or not, coffee is actually very good for you!
Coffee can trace its roots all the way back to the trees of the Ethiopian highlands, where legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans. He told the priest of his local monastery about the energizing drink, and word slowly began to spread about the coffee bean’s power. It first hit the Arabian Peninsula and eventually made its way to Europe in the 17th century. According to the National Coffee Association, coffee was originally met with suspicion.
“European travelers to the Near East brought back stories of an unusual dark black beverage. By the 17th century, coffee had made its way to Europe and was becoming popular across the continent.
Some people reacted to this new beverage with suspicion or fear, calling it the “bitter invention of Satan.” The local clergy condemned coffee when it came to Venice in 1615. The controversy was so great that Pope Clement VIII was asked to intervene. He decided to taste the beverage for himself before making a decision, and found the drink so satisfying that he gave it papal approval.”
Coffee was eventually brought to the new world in the mid-1600s, but it wasn’t until the Boston Tea Party of 1773 that the Americans turned from drinking tea to drinking coffee.
Coffee has a fascinating history, and I’d love to tell it all here, but there’s simply not enough time since I’d also like to tell you about the amazing benefits that your favorite drink may have.
We all knew that coffee improves our energy levels, but did you know that it can actually make you smarter? It’s true! The caffeine in coffee helps block inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. That means the other good chemicals, like dopamine and norepinephrine, increase, which makes your brain work much faster and better.
Coffee can also help you burn off some of that extra weight! The caffeine (again) has been shown to boost your metabolism, and we all know metabolism is what helps our body burn excess fat. The downside is that if you’re a heavy, long-term coffee drinker, your metabolism boost may not be very much since your body is accustomed to the caffeine.
And lastly, Coffee may help you life longer! This is due to the various nutritional benefits in coffee, and the fact that many coffee drinkers have a lower chance of developing diseases of the heart, liver, brain, and some types of cancer. Coffee also boosts your mood, which can help ward off depression and anxiety.
These are just a few of the many benefits that coffee can provide. For a complete list, check out Authority Nutrition. If you’d like to read some pretty interesting facts about this drink, you can also head over to Distractify. The photos were taken from Distractify and Authority Nutrition.
In closing, coffee has a fascinating history, and can be pretty darn beneficial to us! Just be sure to watch how much cream and sugar you add to it. 😉