11 Facts About Coffee
There's more to coffee than just a kick-start in the morning. Live Science has come up with a list of 11 things that you should know about coffee, but probably don't:
- Caffeine Can Kill You -- but only if you drink 80 to 100 cups of coffee in one sitting.
- Coffee Can Be Good For You -- it's in the top five sources of anti-oxidants with black tea, bananas, dry beans and corn wrap.
- Caffeine Might Boost Female Sex Drive -- it does boost sex drive in female rats, but only those who don't regularly drink coffee.
- Caffeine Might Cut Pain -- people who don't usually drink coffee but do go to the gym can cut post-work out pain with two cups of coffee.
- Caffeine Can Indeed Keep You Up at Night -- you should stop drinking coffee six hours before you go to sleep.
- Decaf Coffee Has Caffeine -- not as much, but five cups of decaf gives you as much caffeine as one cup of 'caf.'
- Decaffeination Uses Chemicals -- decaf coffee beans are steamed so the caffeine rises to the surface, where it's washed off with methylene chloride.
- Caffeine Is Not The Bitter Culprit -- caffeine doesn't make the coffee taste bitter, the antioxidants do.
- Great Coffee Depends on Roasting and Brewing -- the beans don't matter as much to the taste of the coffee as the roasting and brewing process does.
- Coffee Was Discovered by Goats -- a heard of goats in Africa kept a shepherd up after eating red coffee beans a thousand years ago.
- Caffeine Gives Bees a Memory Boost -- the caffeine in coffee and citrus flowers gives bees a memory boost so they remember where the flowers are.