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Coffee is the "go-to" for many morning starters. As a #bosslady with a packed schedule, the antioxidant packed bean is considered my morning anchor and my day's savior.
As I noticed my infatuation with this mysterious bean, my love for coffee heightened. I love pouring an extra hot cup of breakfast blend coffee with a dash of Stella Bistro Foods Autumn Flair Sultry Spice. It deepens my love each day for the versatile beverage.
The harmony of light and dark roast flirt with my taste buds. The warmth wraps my coffee mug with authentic flavors from the fresh and nurtured grounds of Brazil, Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico, and exotic locations from around the world.
We consider fitness, daily prayer, and eating regularly to be staples or regiments for our daily lives. We deem our daily regimens to hold many benefits like better health, increased endurance, healthy diet, or practices for peace of mind.
Drinking dark roasted coffee each day has its benefits that not only jump start your day, but also promote good health.
If you're beginning to drink coffee, you can be led to believe desired creamer and sugar is what makes a good cup of Joe. Your love for tasting a good cup of Joe begins with knowing how light roast and dark roast differ and their health benefits.
Know the Roasting Process
Coffee beans are dried, roasted, and ground before brewed into coffee. Once the coffee beans have been picked, they're processed using either dry or wet method and then milled to remove the skin of the coffee, also known as hulls. The beans are bagged and prepared for shipping to manufacturers where samples are tested and analyzed for the purpose of blending different beans to create a specific roast like breakfast blend (my favorite).
It's during the roasting process that acrylamide, a white, odorless, crystal compound, is produced in the coffee bean. Acrylamide levels rise early in the heating process and decline. Dark roasted coffee contains lower amounts of acrylamide and less caffeine.
The "darkness" of your coffee refers to the ending coloration of a bean after it has been roasted for a certain length of time.
Coffee loves you!
Lately, coffee has been the topic of conversation at researcher tables. In recent studies, those who drank three to five cups per day were less likely to have arterial calcium deposits than those who drank no coffee or those who drank more.
According to Frontiers in Neuroscience, drinking coffee might reduce your risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease. The darker the roast, the better, because researchers found that it's not necessarily the caffeine that keeps your brain healthy.
The phenylindanes, which are chemical breakdown products of chlorogenic acid lactones, are found to be in higher quantities in darker roast coffees. Phenylindanes are the key to a healthy brain.
Recent research has shown that moderate coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.
Since reactive oxygen species, also known as ROS, are to be involved in both diseases, the antioxidants in coffee might contribute to the risk reduction.
In molecular nutrition and food research, research shows that dark roast coffee restored blood levels of the antioxidants vitamin E and glutathione more effectively than light roasted coffee. The dark roast led to a significant body weight reduction in pre-obese volunteers, whereas the light roast did not.
Separate research showed that dark roast coffee produces more N-methylpyridinium when roasted. The darker the roast, the more N-methylpyridinium is present. This chemical appears to prevent your stomach cells from producing excess acid. Dark roast coffee make it easier on the stomach whereas lighter roasted coffees might give you the acid-like stomach irritation that coffee drinkers sometimes experience.
Coffee has a lot of antioxidants and (long term) health benefits. The next time you pour a cup of coffee, be sure to part your lips to sip and smile!