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The Germans' favorite drink: coffee is not just a pick-me-up
Coffee is the Germans' favorite drink. Last year, Germans consumed over 160 liters per capita. For a long time, the pick-me-up was considered to be harmful to health, but today we know that the hot drink has health benefits. On “Coffee Day”, experts will provide information on interesting topics.
The most popular drink among Germans
A day without coffee is hard to imagine for many people. Whether in the morning to wake up, in the afternoon with a piece of cake or in the evening after a heavy meal - coffee is the most popular drink among Germans. According to a message from the German Coffee Association, Germans drank an average of 162 liters per capita last year. Reason enough to dedicate a special day of honor to the cult bean again this year: On October 1st, the "Coffee Day" will be celebrated in Germany for the twelfth time.
Healthier than often assumed
For a long time, the pick-me-up was considered harmful to health, but today we know that coffee is healthier than is often assumed.
It can be good for the heart, prevent hardening of the arteries and stimulate digestion.
In addition, according to scientific studies, coffee can reduce the risk of colon cancer.
A few years ago, researchers from the German Institute for Nutritional Research (DifE) also reported in the journal "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" about the protective effects of liver cancer with regular coffee consumption.
And just recently, UK scientists discovered that coffee can protect against the most common form of liver cancer.
Drink only moderate amounts
Health experts say that even people with high blood pressure could enjoy coffee, albeit in moderate amounts.
However, people with so-called rhythm disorders should be careful. In such cases, it is better to consult a doctor.
In addition, the following applies in principle: whoever drinks too much (liters) of coffee at the risk of developing anxiety symptoms, hyperactivity and gastrointestinal complaints.
Most people don't think about the health advantages or disadvantages when drinking coffee anyway. Rather, they drink the hot drink for enjoyment and as a pick-me-up. In fact, coffee works great against fatigue.
However, it often loses its effectiveness in higher doses. In this context we speak of the so-called tolerance development.
You have to consume more for the same effect. This habituation is also reversible. If coffee consumption is reduced again, less caffeine will have more effect after a certain time.
How Germans prefer to drink their coffee
But how do Germans prefer to drink their coffee? The German Coffee Association investigated this question in a study in which more than 10,000 people were interviewed.
The survey found that almost every German citizen drinks coffee - 80 percent a day and three out of five Germans even several times a day.
Only four percent of those surveyed stated that they rarely or never consumed coffee. The main reason for most coffee drinkers (37 percent) to choose the popular hot drink is therefore the special moment of enjoyment and the aroma.
According to most Germans, coffee should be big and fresh. 93 percent of those surveyed stated that the fresh preparation is characteristic, 76 percent associated coffee with the enjoyment of a large cup and 70 percent believed that it was drunk without sugar.
Very important: "Freshly prepared coffee should be drunk as soon as possible and not kept warm for too long (max. 60 minutes in a thermos flask), since the aroma evaporates quickly and the coffee then tastes bitter", said the German Coffee Association in a statement on " Coffee Day ”. (ad)