Coffee and health
The story of coffee which was once nick name as Satan's Delicious drink is interesting. Coffee originated from Ethiopia Coffee was discovered by Kaldi, a goatherd, who found caffeine in an unknown red bean. It was called coffee Arabica and this shrub originally grew wild in Ethiopian hills. It gained fame when it was domesticated and planted in Yemen in the fifteenth century. When Kaldi went to gather his flock of goats late one afternoon he found them in an unusually excited state, prancing around, butting heads, not keen to return home. Tasting the red berries they had been consuming, he found out why. The berries gave pleasurable tingling sensation from his tongue though out his body. Thus the name coffee come from the name of the province - Kaffa - where coffee was found. Millions of people around the world look forward to a cup of coffee whether at home, whilst on the move or at work. The aroma, taste and the sense of feeling "refreshed" after a cup of coffee brings pleasure to many of us, as we go about our daily lives. Coffee is one of the most widely researched ingredients and the growing body of scientific research shows that coffee, when drunk in moderation (four to five regular size cups a day) is safe for healthy adults and can even have beneficial health implications as part of a healthy diet and physically active lifestyle.
One of the active ingredients in Coffee which is responsible for most reactions after drinking coffee is Caffeine . Caffeine or 1, 3, 7-trimethylxanthine is the most widely consumed pharmacological active substance in the world. Its major action is to stimulate the central nervous system. Chemically speaking caffeine belongs to the alkaloid family and the methylxanthine group. Caffeine is found in over 60 plant species of which the most well-known are cocoa-beans, tea and coffee.
Caffeine content of various foodstuffs
|Foodstuff||Serving size||Caffeine content (mg)|
|Chocolate Drink||250 ml||10|
|Caffeinated Soft Drinks||330 ml||40-100|
Coffee has been through the scientific ringer, you might say, and almost invariably has come out with flying colors. Over the past few decades, not only have old myths about coffee gone the way of the Edsel, but significant positive health benefits have been uncovered through intense and exacting scientific inquiry.