Black Coffee is a hot topic. It’s hard to find people who don’t have an opinion on it. So what are the facts? There’s about 6,000 chemicals in black coffee, including over 60 carcinogens!
The healthiest thing you can do for your body is get rid of this stimulant and drink green tea instead! Green tea has more antioxidants than any other food or beverage item- even red wine. It’s also got less caffeine than some decaf coffees so it won’t keep you up at night.
1. What is black coffee, history?
Black coffee as we know it was first served as a beverage in 16th century Turkey, concurrent with the first usage of the Turkish Coffee Coffeepot. It is also thought that Arabian Bedouin discovered the energizing effects of caffeine from eating coffee beans raw.
2. 5 Reasons to Drink Black Coffee:
-There is no such thing as a “carcinogen” (cancer causing agent). All foods contain natural chemicals that can promote cancer under specific conditions. The presence of a chemical does not mean it promotes cancer.
-The research shows the complete opposite of what you claim: coffee has been found to protect against certain types of cancer and provides a myriad of health benefits.
-The caffeine in coffee is so quickly absorbed that it doesn’t stay in your body for long and does not contribute much to sleep issues. The studies are conflicting, but I have found many cases where people who drink coffee only experience insomnia when they are withdrawing from caffeine – after having cut their intake significantly.
-No, the green tea that you are talking about is not much different than other teas or green vegetables in its health properties. The actual brewed tea (black) is actually more potent than green tea when it comes to health benefits!
-Black coffee is a good source of antioxidants, not to mention essential nutrients that contribute to its taste.
3. Black Coffee is good for you:
-It’s been found to help prevent Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, cirrhosis, Type II Diabetes etc. The list goes on and on.
-A recent review found that coffee actually lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
-Sugar robs your body of nutrients and is responsible for weight gain. Coffee may help suppress hunger, helping with weight loss efforts longterm.
-There is a compound in coffee (N-methylpyridinium) which is found to significantly increases memory.
-The caffeine in coffee can improve athletic performance, but only when taken before the activity, not after.
-Coffee is loaded with antioxidants which are essential for optimal health!
4. What does black coffee taste like and what is the caffeine content?
It’s rich and full-bodied with a hint of acidity. It tastes exactly how it smells, which is why using fresh roasted coffee can make or break the experience!
You can expect around 125-175 mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving, depending on how it is prepared (espresso vs drip). Keep in mind that an espresso has more caffeine than drip coffee, but the majority of the volume is water.
5. Brewing good black coffee:
The best way to get a delicious cup of black coffee is to grind your own beans at home and then brew them with a French press. Any type of grinder will do, from old school hand grinders to electrical ones.
Aeropress is another good way to get a very strong cup of black coffee without any grit. It can also be used to make a delicious iced coffee!
Coffee snobs suggest adding the filtered water first and then slowly pouring the hot water over the grounds. If you find coffee too bitter we suggest trying a lighter roast, something like Colombian or Guatemalan coffee.
-Is it good for hydration?
Yes! Coffee has about the same amount of caffeine as a typical sports drink.
-Will black coffee help me lose weight?
It doesn’t have any magical fat burning qualities, but you can definitely use it to suppress hunger before meals and therefore eat less than you would otherwise.
-Is black coffee bad for you?
There is nothing in coffee that cannot be found in other food sources. The main difference is that it has a very high concentration of beneficial compounds which are usually only found in small amounts!
-Will drinking black coffee help me stay up all night?
No, quite the opposite actually. Caffeine takes an hour or two to kick in and once it does, it builds up in your system for many hours. So the more often you drink coffee, the longer its effects last and they can cause sleep issues long term.
-Does black coffee have any sugar?
No. The reason most people add sugar is to cover up the taste of old coffee! But if you are getting fresh coffee then you shouldn’t need anything else.
-What does decaf coffee taste like?
It’s is almost undrinkable to me, which is why I only use decaf beans for baking and cooking!
Black Coffee: Healthy and Delicious! It is loaded with antioxidants which are essential for optimal health! Don’t be afraid of the caffeine content, coffee has many benefits that you cannot find in other foods.
Coffee roasting roasts at different temperatures, therefore there may be a slight difference in flavor. If you’re a beginner, the best coffee to use is a medium roast from Kenya or Colombia.
Never let anyone tell you that you need sugar and cream! It’s all about personal preference. This isn’t Starbucks after all! If you find something else that works for you, then don’t change a thing! As long as it doesn’t have any unhealthy ingredients, it’s all good!