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11 Surprising Benefits Of Coffee That Make It More Irresistible

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11 Surprising Benefits Of Coffee That Make It More Irresistible

I love coffee. To me it’s a magical elixir that helps me both wake up and not punch somebody in the face in the morning. But despite being many people’s caffeinated beverage of choice, few know just how good it is for you. So next time somebody goes on a rant about you should quit coffee, drop some of these knowledge bombs on them.

1. It helps to burn fat

There’s a reason why caffeine can be found in most fat burning supplements. In fact, it’s one of very few naturally occurring fat burning substances. Studies have shown that caffeine boosts your metabolic rate by 3–11%, and increases fat burning from 10–29%.

2. It increases physical performance

Get your minds out of the gutter, I mean with sport!

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The caffeine in coffee can increase your adrenaline levels. Also, it can release fatty acids from your fat tissue by stimulating your nervous system. They then enter your blood stream and thus become available as fuel. It’s therefore hardly surprising that coffee can lead to significant improvements in physical performance. You can utilize it by having a cup roughly half an hour before hitting the gym or engaging in any exercise.

3. It reduces the risk of diabetes

Research has revealed that people who drink coffee are on average 25–50% less likely to get type 2 diabetes. Obviously, you’ll negate this risk if you add sugar to your coffee…so maybe don’t do that.

In addition to this, a 20-year study showed that diabetics who were coffee drinkers were 30% less likely to die from the disease.

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4. It can make you smarter

There’s a reason that some of the world’s greatest revolutionaries sat around in coffee houses. We’ll ignore the fact that many of them were also smoking.

When a person consumes coffee, the caffeine within it blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain called adenosine. This has a stimulant effect because more neurons in your brain begin firing, which leads to improved energy levels and brain function. Trials have shown that some of the improvements within the brain include memory, reaction time and general cognitive function.

5. Coffee is good for brain health

Research has shown that drinking coffee can help to prevent numerous neurological diseases, including those that are age related. Some of these include:

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  • Alzheimer’s 
    Despite the fact that there is no known cure for this disease, there are preventative measures you can take, such as eating healthy. Coffee drinkers can be up to 65% less likely to get Alzheimer’s.
  • Parkinson’s Disease
    Similar to the above, there still isn’t a cure for Parkinson’s. However, coffee drinkers are between 32% and 60% less likely to develop it. This has been attributed to the caffeine within the beverage itself, as decaf drinkers have not exhibited the same resistance.

6. It fights depression

Sorry all, these statistics may be a bit, well, depressing.

Research from Harvard has shown that women who drink four or more cups of coffee a day are approximately 20% less likely to suffer from depression. In addition to this, anyone who drinks four or more cups a day can be up to 53% less likely to commit suicide.

7. It could aid in the prevention of some cancers

Coffee seems to protect against two particular kinds of cancer—liver and colorectal. This a big deal, because they’re the third and fourth leading causes of cancer death, respectively. Research has shown that coffee drinkers can be up to 40% less likely to develop liver cancer and 15% less likely to develop colorectal cancer.

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8. Coffee protects the liver

The liver is an important organ that helps hundreds of functions throughout the body. One of the worst diseases that can affect the liver is cirrhosis, which can be caused by things such as fatty liver disease and hepatitis. Surprisingly, studies have shown that people who drink four or more cups of coffee a day can be up to 80% less likely to develop cirrhosis.

9. Coffee increases energy

As previously mentioned, caffeine can effect your brain positively when you imbibe coffee. One of these effects is increased energy. This is why you feel so delightfully perky after a cup. Just be careful of the subsequent caffeine crash afterwards.

10. Increased Life Span

Considering that we’ve been discussing a bunch of rather bad things that coffee can prevent, it’s hardly surprising that it can subsequently extend your life span. In a particularly large-scale study, men who drank coffee had a 20% lower risk of death, whereas women were sitting at 26%. This study was conducted over time periods between 18 and 24 years.

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11. It’s delicious

…no wait, you guys knew that.

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5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

Food is a universal necessity.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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