“Given enough coffee, I could rule the world.” – Anonymous.
South Africans lovetheir coffee. Instant, ground beans, made at home, or at a local coffee shop, we all like to grab a cappuccino more often than we would like to admit! According to a recent survey, coffee consumption in South Africa has increased from 152.7 million 60kg bags in the 2015/2016 season, to an estimated 166.4 million 60 kg bags in 2019/2020. There has undoubtedly been an increase in the amount of cups we as South Africans are drinking, but the question still stands, is coffee good for you? Let’s take a look and discover some fun facts about many of our favourite drink.
Studies show that coffee can be quite beneficial for your health as it contains high levels of antioxidants and other nutrients. Coffee can help you feel less tired and increase energy levels. Evidence suggests that it can have a positive effect on mood, memory, alertness, well-being. In-turn making us more productive during the day and keeping us mentally stimulated. Coffee contains several important nutrients, including manganese, potassium, and magnesium. Generally, it has been found that coffee may be one of the healthiest aspects of your diet due to its high high level of antioxidants which work as little warriors to fight and protect against free radicals within your body. Many people get more antioxidants from their morning coffee than from their entire days worth of fruits and veggies combined. (Side note – don’t forget to eat your fruit and veggies folks!)
“Caffeine is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about coffee. But coffee also contains antioxidants and other active substances that may reduce internal inflammation and protect against disease.” Diane Vizthum, M.S., R.D., research nutritionist for Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
There is a large body of evidence suggesting that drinking coffee has been consistently associated with a reduced risk of several chronic diseases. However, some individuals may not tolerate higher amounts of caffeine due to symptoms of jitteriness, anxiety, and insomnia. So then, is coffee good for you? The short answer is yes, in moderation. If, however, you can’t tolerate higher amounts of caffeine due to the symptoms mentioned above, then skip the coffee and grab something else instead. All of the healthy ingredients in coffee are good news for coffee drinkers! They can sit back, relax and enjoy their favourite drink.
If you’re in the mood for a great cup of coffee (and perhaps a delicious treat or two), make sure to pop into Kaylee’s Eatery and give our very own premium blend of coffee a try! It is available for purchase at Kaylee’s Market. We’re sure you’ll love it!