More than half of U.S. adults drink coffee every day — are you one of them?
Maybe you do it for the energy jolt. Maybe you love the taste. Maybe taking time for a sip is part of your morning ritual.
In honor of National Coffee Day (Sept. 29), Yahoo Health rounded up some of the most surprising facts about the beloved beverage.
- U.S. adults drink an average of 3.1 cups of coffee a day.
- Most people who drink coffee in the U.S. drink it with breakfast (65 percent), compared with 30 percent who drink it between meals and 5 percent who drink it with another meal besides breakfast.
- The average American spends $20 on coffee a week (or an average of $1,092 a year).
- The average cost of a cup of coffee is $1.38.
- Coffee comes from a coffee tree, on which white blossoms and coffee berries (also known as coffee cherries) grow.
- Long, long ago, tribes in east Africa consumed early versions of energy bars by mixing coffee berries with animal fat.
- Arabica and robusta are the two main varieties of coffee. (Arabica makes up 70 percent of the world’s coffee.)
- Coffee trees grow best in the “Bean Belt,” which is like a “band” around the globe closest to the equator.
- Coffee breath is caused by the perfect storm of caffeine (which reduces saliva) and acidity (which promotes bacteria).
- Coffee drinking seems to be linked with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.
- Coffee beans contain antioxidants called quinines. (These become more potent after the beans are roasted!)
- The caffeine in coffee can make your workout feel easier.
- Magnesium is naturally found in coffee.
- Coffee is linked with a lower risk of liver cancer.
- While the amount of caffeine you’ll get in coffee depends on the bean and brewing method, there are about 85 milligrams of the stuff in an 8-ounce cup of joe.
- Drinking four cups of coffee a day is linked with a lower risk of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer.
- The caffeine in coffee could make your naps more effective.
- Caffeine in coffee could help you with your proofreading skills.
- Three to five cups a day can be a healthy part of your diet, say government advisers.
- While caffeine (which is found in coffee) can ease headaches, some research also shows that it can cause rebound headaches.
- Daily consumption of the amount of caffeine found in one to two cups of coffee is linked with a lower risk of erectile dysfunction.
- The caffeine in coffee could boost your memory (for up to 24 hours!).
- Coffee could help prevent dental caries because it contains an antibacterial compound called trigonelline.
- Coffee might help prevent the development of multiple sclerosis.
- Drinking coffee is linked with a lower risk of breast cancer.
- Caffeine (which is in coffee) can actually make you like working out more, thanks to a boost in happiness-promoting hormones dopamine and serotonin.
- Drinking two or three cups a day of caffeinated coffee is linked with a lower risk of depression in women.
- It seems to ward off Alzheimer’s (at least, in mice).
- Three to five cups a day of coffee could lower your risk of having clogged arteries (which could lead to heart attack).
- While we will all eventually kick the bucket at some point, drinking coffee could help delay death.
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