Coffee Spending to Rise to $13.6B in 2016 – Is it Worth it?
It’s no secret that Americans love coffee. For that matter, it’s no secret that the world loves its coffee. According to estimates from market research firm, Mintel, coffee spending will continue rising to $13.6 billion dollars this year.
Older estimates from Accounting Principals showed that 82% of the American workforce paid $21.32 on coffee each week (though that number has clearly risen). That works out to more than $1,100 per year.
For many of the working Americans, coffee is a necessary means of “waking up” each morning and powering through the afternoon. But thankfully, there are far more benefits of drinking coffee than simply feeling awake. After all, if you’re going to spend so much, you ought to get a great bang for your buck.
5 Benefits that Make Coffee Worth Your Money
Defend against disease
In addition to the study of coffee’s impact on the brain, a laundry list of researchers have tested its abilities to fight disease. Scientist have found that:
- People who drink the most coffee lowered their risk of Type II diabetes by 23-50%. In fact, a massive review of 18 separate studies found that each cup of coffee a day reduced the risk of developing the disease by a 7%.Coffee drinkers reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 65%.
- Those who drink coffee reduce their lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 32-60%.
- People who drink four or more cups of coffee per day have as much as 80% less prone to developing cirrhosis.
- Coffee drinkers reduce their risk of developing liver cancer by as much as 40%.
Absorb your antioxidants
Sticking with health benefits, coffee puts fruits and vegetables to shame when in comes to antioxidants. Yes, you read that correctly. No food or drink comes as close to providing you as many antioxidants as coffee does. The human body simply absorbs more antioxidants from coffee, which help your body defend against cell damage.
A study conducted by the National Institute of Health found that those who drink four or more cups of coffee were roughly 10% less likely to be depressed than those who had never drank a single cup. Additionally, the effect is not a result of a “caffeine high,” considering Coke has previously been associated with depression. As it turns out, the researchers reasoned that coffee makes you feel good because of those aforementioned antioxidants.
Strengthen your cerebral abilities
Researchers have long studied the benefits of coffee on the brain, and some of the greatest benefits included an enhanced ability to form concepts and deduct reasoning, improved attention, and greater perceptive abilities.
Maintain your morality
According to researchers at the University of North Carolina, people who have been deprived of proper sleep are more inclined to give to social influences. Perhaps your boss asks you to do something that borders on unethical. If you are properly caffeinated, you are far more likely to stick to your beliefs.
You may shell out a fair amount of your expendable income on coffee, but as you can see, there are plenty of benefits. In fact, you stand to benefit even more from coffee if you drink it at the right time of day. Keep doing your body a favor and enjoy your cup(s) of Joe.
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