Tea and Coffee are an integral part of our everyday life. Most Indians start their day with a brewing hot cup of Coffee, which is an instant mood lifter and revitalizer. People have their own way of having coffee; some like it as raw and black with zero added sugar, some with added sugar and a hint of milk, whereas there are other sections who love to enjoy their coffee with full cream milk and sugar. The current trend is having coffee in its green version, just like green tea.
Benefits of having coffee
Coffee has many health benefits as listed below:-
- A healthy heart and mind:- Besides providing you with instant energy, it also strengthens your heart muscles, thereby preventing you from chances of heart disease and stroke. However excessive drinking is prohibited at any cost.
- Protection against Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s disease:- Although not medically proven, but people having the habit of drinking coffee at least once a day has been found to be out of risk of getting Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s disease.
- Protection to Liver:- Coffee acts as a protective shield to your Liver. Hence drinking coffee can relieve you off from Liver related diseases and indigestion.
How Coffee affects your Dental Health
Drinking too much coffee may affect your dental cavity thereby leading to tooth decay and pain. Consuming too much of this drink may also leave brown marks on your tooth, which do not go away easily. It may also affect your gums badly, thereby destroying the protective enamel in your saliva, which is hard to recover, if not checked early.
Overconsumption of this drink may also lead to increased heart rate, lack of sleep, anxiety, and dependency which makes you consume more of it, acidity, dry mouth, etc. Coffee candies can act as a substitute of drinking a whole good cup of coffee instead. This can also take off the habit and need of overconsumption of coffee.
How to Consume Coffee Safely and without Health Hazards
Researchers have set the limit of per day coffee consumption up to 500 milligram per day. This means to be elaborate, 500 mg is the benchmark set for matured adults for their per day consumption of coffee. Anything beyond that is hazardous. Although this may have its own exceptions varying from one adult to another. For eg. For pregnant women, coffee consumption is prohibited to a great extent during their first trimester at least. For people suffering from insomnia and vertigo, coffee is strictly prohibited. So, in case your doctor has set the limit for your daily consumption, it’s better to obey it religiously.
A famous saying goes “Anything beyond the limit is poisonous”. This stands true for most things in life, including food and beverages. Also what may suit one person may prove to be hazardous to another. So simply imitating others to match their way of life or out of peer pressure is not a very wise thing to do.
Doctors advise choosing a good coffee brand preferably organic to ensure health benefits. Loaded with antioxidants it relieves you from many diseases. Many people like adding cinnamon to their coffee, which gives an extra flavor to the drink and has its own health benefits. Coffee contains an important ingredient called cafestol, which might be harmful for people with high blood cholesterol levels. To avoid consumption of cafestol, one can use filter paper to filter out the excessive amount of harmful cafestol in it.
Caffeine is present in tea, coffee and chocolate. But caffeine content is highest in coffee. Caffeine, when consumed within body limits, proves to be excellent for metabolism and brain function. In Southern part of India, coffee is an important everyday beverage consumed by people of all ages. Each household has a coffee crushing machine and they enjoy their own version of coffee. The taste of South Indian coffee is quite different from what is consumed in Eastern part. The concept of cold coffee has brewed up over the last few years, with the option of add-ons, which has made it more popular. Cold coffee is easily digestible, and hence loved by kids widely. It also proves to be a good option for feeding milk to children, which otherwise is hated by most of them.
Cold coffee also does not affect your teeth, and can be made very easily at home topped with nuts, ice creams, cakes etc. So, besides being a beverage, coffee has raised its level to become a dessert as well. Nowadays chocolate and coffee are used very much in the Indian version of sweets, besides cakes and pastries. The popularity of coffee has risen over the years, contributing to the increase in foreign café chains and their widespread acceptance in India.