Kind of a loaded title but I can’t think of anyone who isn’t interested in losing, or at least not gaining, body fat! And there is something I learned in school many semesters ago and that is that caffeine, through a fairly simple metabolic process, helps our body mobilize fat and encourages working muscles to use this fat as a fuel source. In other words, while exercising under the influence of caffeine, the body derives a greater percentage of energy from fat than from carbohydrate, which is stored in muscles and liver in the form of glycogen. This works for me because I have to start my day with coffee, I am a morning exerciser, and coffee is a great source of caffeine. So there you have it! So simple. And we, at Living Foods, can help you!!
We buy our coffee unroasted from different islands – Kona coffee from the Big Island of Hawaii, a reserve coffee grown exclusively on the North Shore of Oahu, Peaberry Coffee from Maui, and Kauai Coffee from right here on Kauai. Kauai Coffee, with 3,100 acres and 4 million trees, happens to be the largest coffee plantation in the US!! Anyway, we then roast the beans in our store, bag them, and put our Living Foods labels on them.
An interesting fact: if you’ve ever heard of peaberry, it’s a coffee where only one of the beans inside the fruit gets fertilized and grows. Normally two beans grow in the fruit, side by side, which is why coffee beans have a flat side. Not peaberry! It gets its name from its round shape that occurs because it doesn’t grow next to another bean. Normally about 5% of beans harvested are of this form.
A few more interesting facts about coffee and caffeine I’ve come across as I indulge my nerdy science brain that loves to read medical journals and scientific studies are:
After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed in the bloodstream and travels to the brain. From there, it blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which increases the amount of other neurotransmitters, which in turn increases the firing of neurons. This has been shown to improve memory, mood, energy levels (duh), reaction times, and general cognitive function. Who wouldn’t want all that?
- Coffee contains essential nutrients: Vit B2, Vit B5, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and niacin.
- Observational studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a 23-50% lower risk of developing Type II diabetes.
- There appears to be an ingredient in coffee that helps protect against cirrhosis of the liver.
- In several studies, it has been shown that there is a 32-60% lowered risk of developing Parkinson’s disease in coffee drinkers due directly to the caffeine.
- Coffee has been found to have protective effects against certain cancers ie. liver and colorectal.
- And lastly- coffee has been found to be the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet!!
So brew yourself a cup of coffee and start burning more fat, preventing yucky diseases, and antioxidizing your body!!