The most common memes my friends send me with a caption “This is so you!” all have to do with coffee. I am a huge coffee lover and I am not choosy – plain black or cappuccino, at-home pour-over or an artisanal coffee at a coffeeshop — send it my way!
And my favorite thing to do when people tell me “That’s so unhealthy, how do you even sleep!” is start throwing arguments about the benefits of coffee.
See also: My selection of best pour over coffee makers!
So, without further ado, here’s what to tell your worried friends the next time they catch you drinking half a liter of coffee in one go.
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It gives you energy.
This is the obvious one, but very important when you’re struggling to get out of the bed in the morning! And for people saying “Does coffee actually wake you up? It does nothing for me!”, well, you must be a medical miracle!
When we’re tired, our adenosine receptors start slowing down our nerve cell activity, we get sleepy, and want to hit the hay ASAP. But once coffee (caffeine, to be precise) is in your body, it starts connecting to those adenosine receptors.
So in reality, coffee doesn’t wake you up, rather it prevents you from feeling tired. Therefore, if coffee does nothing of the sort for you – I don’t know what to tell you!
Prevents Various Dangerous Diseases.
Do you hear that? It’s the sound of coffee-haters slowly backing away. Coffee statistics show that regular coffee drinkers have up to 50% lower chance of suffering from Type 2 diabetes.
And if you thought coffee helping with diabetes was incredible, wait until you hear that coffee lovers have up to 65% less chance to develop Alzheimer’s disease, as well as dementia. Granted, your diet and exercise (mental one as well – do crossword puzzles, read books, play chess) also play a huge role, but coffee can help, too. It can also help prevent certain cancers – how about that?
Goes Hand in Hand With Exercise.
On a long list of benefits of coffee is the fact it improves your metabolic rate, making it a perfect drink half an hour before exercise (if you need some motivation there, check this out). It will wake you up, give you energy, but also help you burn fat. No wonder most weight loss supplements use it.
Makes You Overall Healthier.
Not only are there many benefits of coffee in the morning, it will benefit you all throughout the day. Being rich in antioxidants, coffee fights free radicals in your body, protecting your body and even helping slow down the effects of age. No wonder I still look 15 despite being 26 (good genes certainly help, though!)
But despite there being benefits of coffee for skin thanks to its nutrients, make sure you don’t go overboard. After all, coffee does dehydrate, which in the long run can make your skin more dry and wrinkly.
Coffee Consumption Statistics
Because I’m extra, here are a couple of fun stats just to show you how many people are reaping the benefits of coffee every day!
Who do you think drinks more coffee, men or women? As it turns out, there isn’t much of a difference.
Men and women drink roughly the same amounts of coffee, with the average coffee cup consumption per day in America being three cups.
Remember me mentioning benefits of coffee in the morning? Well, most people are aware of them, since:
65% of coffee is drank in the morning.
I’m not gonna lie, I also drink the majority of my coffee in the morning – my first cup is the largest, and I end up drinking it from 6am-10am!
Caffeine consumption statistics state that around 166.63 million 60 kilo bags of coffee were drank in the world in 2020-2021.
And mind you, if we dive a bit deeper into coffee statistics worldwide we’ll see that it’s a slight increase from the year before. Wondering how many coffee varieties are there? Well…
There are around 6,500 species of coffee in the world.
How many have you tried? I definitely haven’t tried nearly enough, if I’m being honest!
Can you tell I’m a huuuge coffee lover yet? Not only is it tasty in every way, shape, and form, but it’s also healthy as heck! In fact, we just bought a brand new coffee machine recently and boy oh boy, is it paying off! Add to it some lovely coffee spices (amazing cinnamon and chocolate for me, please) and there’s hardly a better way to start any day, especially a Saturday.