Monday, April 25, 2011
Hit me Coffee one more time...
1. Caffeine Can Kill You
Don't panic. This can only happen if you drink 80 to 100 cups in a hurry, health experts say. We advise not trying.
2. Coffee Can Be Good For You
Moderately, of course. One to two cups a day appear to be beneficial. Or, if you don't like coffee, try black tea, the second most consumed antioxidant source. Bananas, dry beans, and corn wrap up the top five.
3. Caffeine Might Boost Female Sex Drive
Keyword: Might. It worked on rats anyway. But researchers say in humans, coffee might enhance the sexual experience only among people who are not habitual users. Since I am a regular drinker, I supposed I can't be a good subject to study.
4. Caffeine Might Cut Pain
Moderate doses of caffeine — the equivalent of two cups of coffee— can cut post-gym muscle pain, a small study found. But the research was done on people who were not regular coffee drinkers. This probably works like a painkiller - slow numbing experience.
5. Caffeine Can Indeed Keep You Up at Night... for some.
Health experts advise avoiding it for 6 hours before bedtime. 15 years back when I was a student, I depended on it to keep me awake nights before exams. Now... it has no such effect anymore. Maybe cause I have coffee blood now, you think?
6. Decaf Coffee Has Caffeine!
If you drink five to 10 cups of decaffeinated coffee, you could get as much caffeine as from one or two cups of caffeinated coffee, a study found. Might as well don't decaf. Where's the fun in that?
7. Decaffeination Uses Chemicals
Beans are steamed, so that dissolved caffeine rises to the surface, where it is washed off using an organic solvent called methylene chloride. See? Not good for you. Don't decaf.
8. Caffeine Is Not The Bitter Culprit
Caffeine is not the main bitter compound in coffee. Rather, the pungent perpetrators are antioxidants.
9. Great Coffee Depends on Roasting and Brewing
When it comes to great flavor, coffee chemistry boils down to roasting and brewing. During roasting, oil locked inside the beans begins to emerge at around 400 degrees. The more oil, the stronger the flavor. Caffeine content goes up as the water spends more time in contact with the grounds, so regular coffee often has more of it than espresso or cappuccino. Darker roasts also yield more caffeine. That's the way aha aha I like it aha aha.
10. Coffee Was Discovered by Goats
A millennium ago on a mountainside in Africa, a very frisky and excited herd of goats kept a shepherd up at night after feasting on red coffee berries. The shepherd took his animals' discovery to some monks, and very long prayer sessions ensued. Exorcism... ? It's a good story, anyway.
Have a Caffeinated Monday you all!
Source: Live Science