An everyday diet for some, a tasty beverage for some while a nightmare for few, black coffee merely is coffee brewed without any addition of sugar, milk, cream or added flavours. Black coffee is simply coffee that is generally brewed without the addition of additives such as sugar, milk, cream or added flavours. Ravished due to its bitter and yet subtle taste, you might found yourself asking one day, should I try it? What are the benefits? What are the consequences? Do not worry! I am going to reveal everything in this article!
But first, let’s learn how to make it!
How to make it?
- Grind your coffee, or use a machine! Your choice!
- Take three tablespoons of coffee and grind them to fine particles.
- Boil 600 grams of water
- Add a filter to your dripper, filling it with the ground coffee.
- Gently tap the surface and pour it in a cup.
Voila! Your black coffee is ready!
Nutrition value of black coffee!
“Black coffee contains no significant amounts of the macronutrients, fat, carbohydrate and protein and therefore contains only 1-2 kcal per 100ml.”
According to various sites, in a 240 ml cup of black coffee, there is:
- 0% fat
- 0% cholesterol
- 0% sodium
- 0% carbohydrates
- 0% sugar
- 4% potassium
Now that you know what’s exactly in your cup let’s talk about its two sides in detail!
Benefits of black coffee:
- It improves cardiovascular health: Over time, makes your heart stronger and reduces inflammation in the body.
- Improves your memory and cognitive skills: Black coffee keeps your nerves active and hence enhances brain function. According to various sources, you can combat diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia which occur due to decreasing cognitive skills by drinking one cup of black coffee every day!
- Healthy Liver: Black coffee helps in lowering the level of harmful enzymes found in the blood and therefore regularly drinking it has been linked to reducing your risk of any liver disease. Drinking black coffee has been linked to the prevention of lung disease, fatty liver disease, hepatitis, as well as alcoholic cirrhosis.
- Keeps your system clean: Since coffee’s a diuretic, people who drink it often urinate much more, which helps them flush out harmful bacteria and viruses. This is why you’ll find black coffee drinkers less likely to be sick on any given day!
- Helps mental health disorders: It has been known to control your depressive episodes as caffeine generally produces dopamine in your brain. Dopamine is the “pleasure chemical” which naturally makes you happier.
- Boosts your metabolism by 11%: It’s associated with a fat-burning substance/ weight supplement and with a combination of workout too does wonders for your body!
- May prevent the risk of cancer: It has been linked to preventing cancer; it reduces the risks of a tumour as black coffee is known to reduce inflammations in the body!
But just like how every rose has its thorn; our precious little black coffee also has some consequences!
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- Excessive drinking releases high levels of stress hormones which leads to anxiety and stress.
- Excessive intake can also mess up your sleep routine. You are advised to avoid coffee a few hours before bedtime.
- It is rich in caffeine and acid, and its excess consumption can lead to acidity, cramps and abdominal spasms.
- Too much coffee in your system will make absorption of bodily-required minerals such as iron, calcium, and zinc from your daily diet difficult!
Black coffee and weight loss
Black coffee contains an element called Chlorogenic acid, which is known to catalyze weight loss. Black coffee just before supper slows down the production of glucose in the body, slows down the production of new fat cells, which means lesser calories in the body!
Black coffee contains caffeine which increases metabolic activity and boosts energy levels in the body. Therefore drinking black coffee before dong any workout can help you burn calories and fat much faster. It also enables you to lose the water weight of the body through frequent urination.
Avoid adding any additives such as sugar or sweeteners, and you’ll notice visible healthy changes!
How much is Black coffee safe for consumption?
As a safety rule, an average of 240 ml cup of coffee (an estimated 100 grams of caffeine per cup) per day is safe for most healthy adults.
But several sources suggest that 240 ml equivalent 4 cups per day are perfectly safe!
To be on the safer side, do not drink more than two as caffeine which is an active ingredient in the coffee is dangerous to consume in excessive amounts!
Do not drink black coffee on an empty stomach as it may produce acid and lead to acidity problems!
To drink or not to drink?
My personal experiences through friends and family have claimed that they did not like black coffee at first, but as they made it a habit and a part of their lifestyle, they have been more active and happier, and have started to appreciate its bitter taste.
In the end, I would like to conclude that black coffee intake should be controlled and that it has far more benefits than consequences! So in a controlled amount, a cup of black coffee can change your whole life for better!
So answer to the question mentioned above is yes you definitely should! But be careful with your intake!
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