The Wonderful Attributes of Coffee and Dark Chocolate
Coffee isn't just good, it's good for you
Coffee, the brewed drink from roasting coffee beans; is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. The seeds of the berries are bitter, but once ripe they are picked, processed and dried. The beans are roasted depending on the desired flavor and strength of coffee.
I remain astounded at the world for its overwhelming coffee consumption. This wonderful beverage has such a stimulating effect on our taste buds as well as our general well being! Coffee is actually the most consumed beverage in the world. And why shouldn't it be?
Science has proven the health benefits of coffee consumption. Coffee is a great source of antioxidants. Not only does it give you energy, but can also help you lose weight. Coffee naturally has Riboflavin, which is B12. It has Magnesium and potassium.
People are buying vitamin supplements with the same attributes when coffee has it naturally.
Coffee definitely has stimulating effects on the human body. It also is proven scientifically to drastically improve your moods, memory and lower your risks for Alzheimer's.
It helps you fight depression! That in itself is enough.
We live in a crazy world full of crazy people and hardships that throttle us from every side. It seems after a long day or hard morning at work coffee just makes everything better.
I work in Corporate America and let me tell you, after an eight hour day of non-stop customer interactions, service complaints, research writing and system issues; coffee is the one blessing that calms me down. The smell of fresh coffee percolating does something to calm nerves, soothe our senses and attract our noses.
You may be surprised to find that more people interact over a cup of coffee than anything else. But if you have coffee and chocolate, then you have something divine. Below are the wonderful aspects of chocolate and some health benefits.
Health benefits of dark chocolate
Dark chocolate is a proven Antioxidant, giving us protection from free radicals that cause cancer
It also lowers inflammation
It improves heart health
It can lower cholesterol
It's a super food that is good for our cognitive function
Chocolate is really special. Ask us women and we will tell you. And as a matter of fact, I have only met one woman in my whole life thus far that actually despised chocolate. But she loved coffee, so praises to her anyway!
Chocolate is a raw processed food from the seed of the tropical "Theobroma Cacao" tree. The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense, bitter taste much like coffee does. The chocolate seeds must be fermented to develop flavor.
Chocolate is one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world! And for good reason too! Cocoa solids actually have alkaloids like theobromine and phenethylamine, which have physiological effects on the body. It is linked to serotonin levels in the brain.
And no wonder! Drink a cup of steaming coffee with a piece of chocolate. Voila! What a taste bud masterpiece exploding in your mouth, sending shivers to your brain and causing a full body jerk! Hah. Seriously, it is that good.
Chocolate is romantic. It brings people closer together. Valentine's Day every year proves this theory with the massive sales of chocolate and its consumption!
Actually, some research has found that eating chocolate in moderation can lower blood pressure. And coffee along with that is proven to have stimulating effects on us due to the caffeine content.
Dark chocolate is an antioxidant rich food, which gives us protection from Disease-Causing Free Radicals that cause cancer. I think that's enough for me to enjoy it. Between that and a cup of coffee, I'm covered.
All in all, if you put coffee and chocolate together, you have a little piece of heaven on earth. A small blessing. So go slice that piece of homemade dark chocolate cake oozing with chocolate icing, and pour a cup of steaming coffee.
Take a break. Life is too short to not be able to enjoy this little comfort that has brought so many people together through the centuries. Oh, and save some for me!
© 2012 April Savage