Dark Roasted Coffee, ‘The Health Benefits’
- Coffee may be the # 1 source of antioxidants in the US diet.
Levels of acrylamide, the ingredient California wants to protect drinkers from, in coffee are influenced by the raw materials and the manufacturing process.
Coffee beans are dried, roasted and ground before being brewed into coffee. Once the coffee beans have been picked, they are processed using either a dry or wet method and then milled to remove the hulls. Then 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.
At this point the coffee beans are roasted into the aromatic brown bean we purchase at our favorite store. I get mine coffee from Javista Organic Coffee in Hollywood, California.
Most roasting machines maintain a temperature over 500 degrees Fahrenheit (F) while the beans are kept moving to keep them from burning.
When the bean reaches an internal temperature of nearly 400 F they start to turn brown.
After roasting, the beans are immediately cooled and packaged. Roasting generally occurs in the country where the coffee will be sold to ensure the freshest beans to reach the consumer as quickly as possible.
For the fresh roasted Organic beans I go to The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuchino Maker on The Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
It is during the roasting process that acrylamide is produced in the coffee bean. While it might seem reasonable to assume a light roast has lower amounts of acrylamide since the bean is roasted for a shorter amount of time, researchers have determined more of the chemical is formed at the beginning of the roasting process and declines rapidly toward the end as acrylamide is eliminated from the bean.
This means dark roasted coffee contains lower amounts of acrylamide, and the less caffeine.
There are health benefits to drinking organic, dark roasted coffee.
In 2 large studies lasting nearly 16 years and taking place in 10 European countries, researchers concluded 3 cups of coffee per day may lower your mortality risk. Men were 12% less likely to die during the follow-up and women were 7% less likely to die during the same period.
The Y 2015 edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans for the 1st time also included coffee, recommending Americans could safely consume up to five cups a day with no detrimental effects.
The recommendation was based on a meta-analysis and other studies evaluating the link between coffee and chronic diseases, including cancer, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, because Americans drink so much, coffee might be the # 1 source of antioxidants in the US diet.
In one large study, data revealed those who drank 3-5 cups a day were less likely to have arterial calcium deposits than those who drank no coffee or those who drank more.
In a study evaluating coffee drinkers over 45 anni, researchers found a 22% decreased risk of all-cause mortality when those who drank 4 cups a day increased to 6 cups a day.
Those who were at least 45 anni, when the study began received the most benefits, with a 30% lower risk of death over the following 10 years for every 2 cups of coffee they consumed daily.
Other studies have shown coffee may benefit your heart health.
These include the following:
- A meta-analysis of 11 studies and nearly 480,000 people found drinking 2-6 cups of coffee a day was associated with reduced stroke risk. The analysis also noted drinking 1-4 cups of coffee a day was associated with a significantly lower risk of coronary heart disease in women, and coffee consumption was inversely associated with risk of Type 2 diabetes.
- Another study showed moderate coffee drinking reduces your chances of being hospitalized for heart rhythm problems.
- Japanese researchers found drinking a cup of coffee may trigger a 30% increase in blood flow in the small blood vessels, which might take some strain off the heart. The effect lasts for about 75 mins.
- Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard School of Public Health found moderate coffee consumption, defined as two 8 oz servings a day, may protect against heart failure.
- Research has even shown coffee consumption is inversely associated with premature death. The more coffee people drank, the lower their risk of death became, including deaths from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes and infections.
So, enjoy your daily cup/s of dark roasted Organic back coffee, and eat Real food.
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