Coffee has become a world wide phenomena and the fame and fortune is only increasing day by day with coffee being one of the world’s favourite drink.

Coffee shops are now on every street corner as well as numerous options to choose from on our high streets and no matter the number we have to choose from and huge competition, with so much choice and varieties, there is always a demand for more……….

From the nutritional perspective, here are some facts to mull over:

  • Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels.  That’s because it contains a stimulant called caffeine – the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world.  After you drink coffee, the caffeine is absorbed into your bloodstream. From there, it travels to your brain.  In the brain, caffeine blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine.  When this happens, the amount of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine increases, leading to enhanced firing of neurons.
  • Many controlled studies in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function — including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general mental function.

As with anything, coffee can impact the nervous system and like anything in life (activities and food), balance is key.

For me personally, I have 1 coffee a day and that is normally an Americano (double shot) enjoyed with a date (for energy) or a sprinkle of my Stevia sweetener mid morning.  If I am out and about, I may indulge in a latte with oat or soya milk otherwise it’ a lemon and ginger herbal tea all the way.

In addition, coffee is being used more and more in foods.  One way we enjoy it here at Virtuoso Foods is by making our delicious ‘Coffee & Walnut’ cake and to to make it a more healthy version, we make it with coconut sugar.

Here is our recipe for you to try at home.  Let us know how it comes out with pictures! 🙂

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