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- No less than two recent medical studies suggest that drinking coffee is much healthier than popular belief would have it. One of these was a long-term study into the effects of caffeine on the central nervous system involving more than 1400 people in Sweden and Finland.
- People who drink three to five cups per day may have a much lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia than people who drink little or no coffee. Another study, carried out in Boston and published in the scientific journal Circulation, revealed that the risk of a stroke was reduced by 20% in people who drink more than four cups per day.
- The main active ingredient in coffee is caffeine.
- Caffeine is found not only in the seeds of the coffee bush, but also in more than 60 other plants such as the tea bush, the mate tree and the kola nut.
- Coffee is valued for its stimulating effect on the body’s cardiovascular system and for its ability to relieve tiredness.
- Coffee’s flavor is determined by many different factors, including variety, region of origin and climate.
- Not until they are roasted do the coffee beans acquire their delicious aroma.
- Coffee contains around 800 different aroma compounds, making it one of the most aromatic of all foods. With its rich variety of flavors, coffee is a delight to the senses.
- Even though caffeine is a mild diuretic, you don't lose more fluid than you take in by drinking coffee, so it cannot dehydrate you.
Decaf coffee is not completely caffeine-free. The decaffeination process usually removes 94-98 percent of caffeine. Studies have shown that while the average 16-ounce caffeinated coffee has 188 ml of caffeine, the average 16-ounce decaf has 9.4ml.