How Coffeewise are You?
Although you may know a lot about the brewing and enjoyment of coffee, there may be quite a lot you don't know about its other attributes. Take this quick quiz and test your knowledge about the potential health benefits of coffee - one of the world's favorite beverages!
1. Which of the following is true?
A. The positive effects of caffeine will be reduced as users drink more coffee and build up tolerance.
B. Fine motor control can improve with moderate amounts of coffee.
C. An 8 oz cup of coffee contains 110 mg of caffeine.
B is true.
2. Coffee seems to offer some protection against which of the following?
A. Colon cancer
B. Type 2 diabetes
A, B, and C are all true.
Studies have shown that the incidence of colon cancer and type 2 diabetes are lower among coffee drinkers. The beneficial action of coffee on these and other diseases, such as Parkinson's, continues to spur legitimate research in the medical community. Drinking coffee has been found to be as hydrating as drinking water, and coffee has been shown to have the same minimal diuretic effect as water.
3. What is a functional food?
A. A food that helps you function at your chosen activity.
B. A food that may deliver some health benefits beyond the nutrients it contains.
C. Disease reductions may occur if this food is eaten regularly as part of a healthy diet.
A, B, and C are all correct.
Coffee is considered a functional food since it fits in all three categories: A) Coffee helps athletes function at their sports in terms of endurance, recovery, hydration, and less muscle pain. B) Coffee's health benefits include that it helps individuals to be alert and think more clearly; it enables soldiers to do their jobs more effectively and with more accuracy; coffee has a pronounced antioxidant effect. C) Coffee drinkers have lower incidences of certain diseases.
4. For which sports have studies demonstrated a caffeine/coffee benefit of improved stamina?
B. Endurance sports like cycling or running
C. Synchronized swimming
B is correct
Studies suggest caffeine consumption may help athletes reduce fatigue, enhance stamina and even reduce muscle pain especially in endurance sports. In addition, we are now learning that coffee may be just as hydrating for the body as water!
5. Which of the following would likely inhibit your ability to think clearly on an exam at 1:00 pm?
A. 1000-calorie high-carbohydrate pasta lunch
B. Skipping lunch and breakfast
C. A cup of coffee at noon
A and B are correct.
Behavioral researchers report that scores on mental acuity tests were lower in those subjects fed large lunches. They also learned that the best way to eat for sustained energy is to have multiple, moderate-sized feedings during the day. In fact most dietitians recommend that something be eaten every four hours - ideally a combination of carbohydrates, protein and a little fat. Sustained food deprivation (from dinner through lunch the following day, for example), may cause fatigue, irritability, anxiety and the inability to concentrate. The body will direct fuel stores to preserve the most vital of bodily functions (cardiovascular function, respiration, etc.) and give short shrift to the exam. On the other hand, a number of impressive studies indicate caffeine (even 300 mg) can increase alertness, learning ability, memory and reasoning.