coffee: a working person's best friend

What is it?

Coffee is derived from roasted seeds of the Coffea plant, which in turn are harvested from the coffee berries that are grown on trees. Be it instant or brewed coffee, this morning brew is one of the most widely drank beverages around the world. Two of the most popular and more well-known coffee roasts are from the Coffea Arabica (“Arabica coffee”) and Coffea Canephora (“Robusta coffee”) varieties.

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Why is it so special?

In the past decade or so, coffee has had a well-documented number of studies regarding its beneficial effects. It’s known to improve conditions of people with high blood pressure and heart-related problems. And yes, it even contributes towards the prevention of type-2 diabetes.

In fact, the presence of caffeine, or lack of, does not eliminate the beneficial attributes of coffee. During the studies that used both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, it was found that the positive effects remained regardless of the caffeine content.

Who is this suitable for?

People living an active and busy lifestyle. It’s a no-brainer, caffeine in coffee helps keep one’s energy levels up, in addition to lessening the effects of inadequate sleep by way of its stimulant effect.

HOWEVER, it is incredibly important to note that not everyone can drink coffee without some side effects, especially if the person has pre-existing medical conditions. Excess caffeine can also mimic and worsen the symptoms of those with pre-existing anxiety disorders. Those with arrhythmia, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), migraines, and sleep disturbances are strongly advised to consult with a doctor before drinking coffee.

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When should I drink this?

Coffee is best drunk in the morning or as a pick-me-up from exhaustion. If you have never drunk coffee before, the best thing to do is to experiment with it, as the amount that one can tolerate differs greatly from individual to individual in light of varying physiological and genetic profiles.

How is it usually served?

Since this site is centred around the concept of tips about diabetes, we cannot recommend drinking from popular coffee chains that are full of sugared syrups and covered with whipped cream—not with a good conscience.

As far as nutritional value and caloric content is concerned, coffee is best served with nothing more than milk or creamer and a little sugar; the calorie content of some of the most heavily processed coffee-based drinks can be as sugar-filled and calorie dense as eating a slice of cake or a pint of ice-cream.

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