What’s inside your espresso shot – the benefits of shot of espresso
As most coffee enthusiasts know, espressos are small cups of delicious energy. Some enjoy the heartiness of a cup of ground coffee in the morning, while some use it as a pick-me-up or a small boost to get through a long and tiring day.
No matter the reason for drinking coffee, one thing’s for sure – a shot of espresso confers numerous health benefits upon an individual, apart from giving you energy for a long day ahead. Here are just some of the benefits of a cup of espresso, to convince you to get a cup of coffee right now.
- High in Antioxidants
Coffee is known to be full of a wide variety of antioxidants, and the small cup of espresso can be likened to one concentrated shot of all these beneficial antioxidants. These antioxidants not only help to lower the risk of diseases, but also has anti-aging effects.
For instance, coffee beans contain disease-ravaging anti-oxidants, called quinines, which are rendered even more potent after roasting. This anti-oxidant, along with magnesium found in coffee, affect blood sugar levels and are thought to be responsible for the link to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Coffee beans also contain hydrocinnamic acids, which help to neutralize free radicals that you come in contact with during the day, through air pollution or UV rays.
According to some studies, the antioxidants in espresso also have the potential to remove toxins from the liver, slowing down the rate of ageing.
- Reducing likelihood of diseases
Over the years, numerous studies have shown that coffee reduces risks of a multitude of diseases. Regular coffee drinkers can reduce their risk of Parkinson’s disease by 80%, the risk of colon cancer by 25%, the risk of liver cirrhosis by 80%, and the risk of gallstones by 50%. As earlier mentioned, coffee has been also linked to type 2 diabetes and liver cancer, and results have demonstrated that the more you drink, the lower your risk of such diseases appears to be.
- Aiding Weight Loss
A shot of espresso is not only low in calories, but also increases your metabolism, and gives you that extra kick to help out in your workouts.
Firstly, one perk of espresso is that you can enjoy a guilt-free, delicious cup of coffee without worrying about your caloric intake. This is dependent on what you pair with your espresso with, but a shot of espresso only tallies up to about 3 calories, which is essentially negligible.
Secondly, caffeine in espresso coffee increases metabolism and helps with reducing fats. That is why it is an ingredient that are found in numerous weight-loss supplements.
Thirdly, coffee stimulates the release of adrenaline, providing a burst of energy to help you out with your workout routine, improving your physical performance and making you push yourself harder.
For new coffee drinkers, a shot of espresso may be difficult to down by itself, especially if you don’t have the right beans, ground coffee or coffee machine. At Pitti Caffe, we have coffee to cater to the avid coffee enthusiast, and to the new coffee drinker. Check out our Riserva line of specialty ground coffee, or our Pittissima coffee capsules to find the perfect formula of coffee for you.