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BEANS OF HEALTH

chicco_caffexA cup of coffee offers a host of benefits throughout the day. Taken after lunch, it aids digestion. In the afternoon, it counters the downward phase of the sleep-wake cycle while, drunk in the evening, especially by those used to working after dinner, it acts on cerebral functions, sparking fantasy, imagination and the association of ideas.

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Around 1983, for the first time, advances were made in a new area of research: the benefits of caffeine were examined and these overturned long-held negative opinions about the beverage.

chicco_caffexCaffeine dilates the bronchial tubes, so moderate consumption may reduce asthma attacks. To reap the benefits, it is recommended that three cups per day are regularly consumed.

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Coffee was classified among the “no nutritive dietary components” foods, meaning that it does not provide any significant nutrients or energy. A cup of sugar-free coffee is no more than two calories.

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While research has demonstrated that the dall’aroma of coffee releases anti-oxidants that delay the signs of ageing, coffee undoubtedly provides a boost to those who play sport: drinking coffee increases both heart rate and output.

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