BEANS OF HEALTH
A 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.
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.
Caffeine 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.
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.
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.