Ten Facts You Didn’t Know About Coffee And Caffeine!
300 tons of caffeine are consumed on a daily basis, all over the world. This means almost 2.25 billion cups of coffee! After Finland, Sweden and Norway, our little rainy country is one of the biggest coffee consumers in the world. On average we drink five cups of coffee a day. Students pay a big contribution to this top ranking of the Netherlands. Coffee gets us through finals, and helps us dealing with deadlines and Monday mornings in general. But what do we actually know about this liquid magic?
- Coffee is a natural drug! And even more shockingly, it has the ability to paralyze and kill. Fortunately this doesn’t apply to humans, so don’t swear off coffee yet! It does, however apply to certain insects. Caffeine works like a natural pesticide and protects plants and flowers from being groped by insects.
- The magical working of caffeine on the brain goes like this: Adenosine likes to connect with certain receptors, resulting in signs of fatigue. Caffeine, however, by hooking up with these receptors instead, works as a blockade, as a result of which adenosine can’t hang out with the receptors anymore. Therefore, the signs of tiredness will stop and you’ll also feel more awake, since caffeine also causes an increase in dopamine levels.
- The myth is true! Coffee does increase mental performance and thus can help you during exams! According to the European Food Safety Authority (ESFA), certain abilities like concentration, attention and alertness can be reinforced by drinking some cups of coffee (75mg caffeine, which one coffee on average contains).
- The combination of coffee and a nap can give you an energy boost! But this combination must be organized carefully. Take a quick shot of coffee and take a nap, because the adenosine present in your brain decreases during sleep and new adenosine can’t bound to the receptors due to the coffee, you will feel reborn after this nap! (Source: Voxdotcom)
- Drinking coffee can be a healthy habit. According to scientists it boosts metabolism and may even decrease the chance of getting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Studies have shown that drinking coffee on a regular basis when you’re old, hinders cognitive deterioration.
- Aside from these mental and health advantages, drinking coffee can also give you a physical boost, by increasing adrenalin and blood flow!
- When coffee is consumed between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM, it is most effective.
- Don’t get too excited about coffee, because it also has its dark sides. When caffeine doses are too high, it can have several health consequences, like high blood pressure. 250 milligrams is the maximum amount of caffeine to consume per day, which means max. two cups (or 5 cups of tea or 6 cups of cola). Effects, like alertness, persist for over 6 hours. So two cups of coffee should be doable.
- Coffee can be addictive! Fortunately, this myth isn’t true. Yay coffee! According to scientific evidence, caffeine cannot cause an addiction. Going cold turkey on coffee when you’re a dedicated drinker, can however result in withdrawal symptoms. But these aren’t severe and won’t take long.
- For the cat-loving coffee drinking globetrotters among us, spending an afternoon drinking coffee at a cat café might be a brilliant idea. It’s a brand new concept, that finds its origin in Taipei and has everything to do with petting and canoodling cute little kitties, whilst enjoying a nice cup of coffee. Cat cafes are located all around the world, from Denmark to Japan and New Zealand, so start booking those flights to enjoy the worldly catty delights!
By Pooja Guptar
Graphics by Inessa Khemii