Here’s some interesting nutrition facts for coffee that may be of interest to you. Especially those on a health quest which includes the bodybuilder looking to build muscle.
Most people think of coffee as the beverage to get your caffeeine addition taken care of for the day. Worldwide numbers run as high at 85% of all caffeeine consumed comes from coffee. This figure alone makes the #1 reason people drink coffee is for stimulation.
The actual caffeine content can vary greatly depending on the beans and method of brewing used. But here’s a quick breakdown of the average caffeine in coffee. If you need more nutrition facts for coffee on a particular brand or coffee house creation, it’s best to check out that vendor’s website. Adding in sugars and additional shots can change your standard cup of joe into something entirely different.
Possible Benefits of Drinking Coffee(in no particular order):
1. Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease 2. Reduced risk of gallstone disease 3. Reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease (80% less likely to develop for those regular coffee consumers) 4. Enhanced cognitive performance 5. Analgesic enhancement (increases the effectiveness of certain types of pain killers) 6. Reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes 7. Antioxidants in coffee (many people get their only source of antioxidants from coffee) 8. Cardioprotective 9. Reduced risk of cancer (oral, esophageal, and pharyngeal cancer) 10. Reduced asthma attacks
Potential Risks of Excess Coffee Consumption:
1. Sleep pattern changes 2. Increased anxiety 3. Staining of the teeth (my dentist always bugs me about this one.) 4. Effects on pregnancy and menopause 5. Cholesterol (French Press method can use trap cafestol and kahweol which may raise LDL levels that paper filters capture)
Overall, coffee offers many benefits and very little side effects to the average consumer of this beverage. You’ll reap more rewards by drinking it in moderation. That’s 1-2 cups per day. Overconsumption of caffeine does have its drawbacks.
Photo of the coffee by Thomas Hawk. Used under a Creative Commons license.