Coffee For Your Health

Written by Hilda Maria Sigurdardottir

Go Ahead…Have Some Coffee…

Many of us rely on coffee to get us going inrepparttar mornings, wake us up inrepparttar 145509 afternoons, and prepare us for that special business meeting. Go ahead, have a cup of coffee. It’s much healthier than you may be thinking right now.

Coffee isrepparttar 145510 most consumed beverage inrepparttar 145511 world. No matter where you go, coffee is usually available. Yet, until recently there’s been very little research onrepparttar 145512 effects of coffee on our health. The researcher’s are waking up however. There have recently been studies completed on a variety of health benefits to drinking that simply delicious cup of coffee.

In a study in Italy, it was proven that that brewed coffee contains many antioxidants and consumption of antioxidant-rich brewed coffee may inhibit diseases caused by oxidative damages. When compared to other caffeine containing beverages like tea and cocoa, coffee proved to berepparttar 145513 best in helping to prevent disease.

Caffeine in Coffee - Good or Bad?

The caffeine in coffee has often been a source of concern for many. Most people have problems sleeping when they drink coffee right before bedtime. Others will drink coffee to give them that boost of energy caffeine provides. Some even feel their heart rate increase if they drink too much coffee.

Did you know there are also benefits torepparttar 145514 caffeine found in coffee?

Coffee intake (due torepparttar 145515 caffeine) was associated with a significantly lower risk for Alzheimer’s Disease, independently of other possible confounding variables. These results, with future prospective studies, may have a major impact onrepparttar 145516 prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Another benefit of drinking coffee has been studied in China. Their research clinically provedrepparttar 145517 caffeine in coffee helps to prevent Parkinson’s disease. Many of us have been led to believe that caffeine is bad for us. True enough, large quantities may hurt us, butrepparttar 145518 evidence is strong forrepparttar 145519 benefits it provides.

Coffee -- Healthy Tonic forrepparttar 145520 Liver?

Studies completed in Japan indicated that people who drink more than a cup of coffee a day are less likely to develop liver cancer than those who do not, Japanese researchers say. Coffee also helped lowerrepparttar 145521 risk of cirrhosis ofrepparttar 145522 liver. Chlorogenic acid present in coffee beans has been proven in studies to also reducerepparttar 145523 risk of liver cancer. Harvard Medical School completed a study in 2004 that strongly suggest coffee has preventative qualities for Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. The authors found an inverse association between coffee intake and type 2 diabetes after adjustment for age, body mass index, and other risk factors. Total caffeine intake from coffee and other sources was associated with a statistically significantly lower risk for diabetes in both men and women. These data suggest that long-term coffee consumption is associated with a statistically significantly lower risk for type 2 diabetes.

Coffee and Physical Fitness

The amounts of water, carbohydrate and salt that athletes are advised to consume during exercise are based upon their effectiveness in preventing both fatigue as well as illness due to hyperthermia, dehydration or hyperhydration.

The old issues concerning coffee and caffeine were that it acts as a diuretic, thus causing more fluid loss during activity. Studies have caused researchers to re think this point. These studies suggest that consuming caffeine does not have this effect and can even have beneficial effects on keepingrepparttar 145524 body fit.

Home Coffee Roasting – Makes all the difference

Written by Hilda Maria Sigurdardottir

Go Ahead---Have Some Coffee--- It’s Not JUST COFFEE Anymore!

As I sit here onerepparttar deck with my daily morning cup of coffee, I realize… just a few years ago I’d have had a cup of dark strong, stovetop brew with some milk to easerepparttar 145508 taste. No more!! Now there’s almost every kind of coffee available that you can imagine.

Roasting Coffee at Home

First, we’ll start withrepparttar 145509 fact that you can buy green coffee beans and roast them to your liking right in you own home. One way to roast coffee beans at home is to skillet fryrepparttar 145510 beans until they are brown. They need to be cooked somewhere between 460F degrees and 530F. Beans must be kept moving so it won’t cook them unevenly. The roasting must stop atrepparttar 145511 right time and cooled down quickly. This isrepparttar 145512 old method but definitely won’t taste like today’s methods and needs proper venting.

Another way to roast coffee beans is with a hot-air corn popper. Hot-air poppers roast pretty quickly causing a bright, medium roast and strong flavored dark roasts. Giving a clear-cut taste opposite of beans roasted in a gas oven or in a stovetop popper. This may be a little easier than other methods. There is less to worry about, such as settingrepparttar 145513 temperature just right. Although a great taste, there is a down side to using these poppers. First of all only not all poppers are designed to roast coffee. You should only userepparttar 145514 ones withrepparttar 145515 proper roasting chambers. This way makes a less amount each time than other methods. Roasting withrepparttar 145516 popper will also cause smoke to be more difficult to vent. Most of these poppers can be used to make French or Espresso coffee, which is darker but are not recommended. This may cause your popper to be over worked and shorten its life.

Roasting beans in a gas oven was also popular. You could roast more at a time andrepparttar 145517 oven didrepparttar 145518 venting for you. Just setrepparttar 145519 ovens temperature like baking. This had to be a much easier way andrepparttar 145520 results were rather good. Don’t forget,repparttar 145521 timing and cooling process for all roasting is very important and may be different in other blends to achievingrepparttar 145522 goal for a great cup of coffee.

The only way you are going to find out which technique you might enjoy to use is to find a whole bean coffee roasted style that you already like, then try to make it yourself at home. Do a little experimenting!

Brewing Methods

Next let’s move on torepparttar 145523 many different brewing methods. There are several different ways in which to brew coffee. Before you choose a coffee maker you need to understand first what you demand out ofrepparttar 145524 machine. It will be a question onlyrepparttar 145525 person using it can answer. Let’s examinerepparttar 145526 differences a little closer.

The filter drip isrepparttar 145527 most popular method used to brew coffee because it is easy to operate and consistent. Water is poured in a chamber where it is heated and slowly poured overrepparttar 145528 ground coffee. This can be done two ways. It can be electronically dripped or manually poured overrepparttar 145529 grounds. Some electric machines can be preset to haverepparttar 145530 coffee ready for you when you wake up inrepparttar 145531 morning. Others may preferrepparttar 145532 taste of hand-brewed coffee for a different flavor.

The French drip is another form of drip coffee making, which is made without paper filters. A separate top sits aboverepparttar 145533 porcelain coffee pot and acts asrepparttar 145534 strainer asrepparttar 145535 water soaks intorepparttar 145536 grounds. Working its way throughrepparttar 145537 strainer, coffee liquid makes its way torepparttar 145538 bottom pot for hot steaming coffee.

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