It is a truth universally acknowledged that coffee is the best thing ever. Over half of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day, and 54% of coffee drinkers say that coffee makes them feel more like “their self.” Not only does coffee solve existential crises, but its health benefits have been widely documented: it reduces risk of liver disease, skin cancer, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and lessens symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Because coffee beans have the yummy nutrients that we miss with our filters, the health benefits are only magnified (though don’t get us wrong – we’d never dream of replacing coffee drinks). Here are the three surprising health benefits of eating coffee:
1. Eating coffee gives you even more antioxidants.
According to the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, leftover coffee grounds from filter and espresso-type coffeemakers are especially abundant in antioxidants.
Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants for Americans. The range of health benefits is wide: antioxidants clean free radicals out of your bloodstream, and are linked to the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, and immune dysfunction. You can get even more bang-for-your-buck with beans!
2. Eating coffee helps you absorb caffeine faster.
Because coffee grounds get absorbed through the mucus membranes of your mouth, the active ingredients in coffee beans are more quickly absorbed,
Caffeine itself comes with a chock-full of nutritious benefits: it boosts memory consolidation, relieves post work-out muscle pain, and increases levels of dopamine. You’ll also enjoy a quicker boost of alertness to your brain! It’s a win-win for healthy energy fans.
3. Coffee beans have fewer calories.
One ounce of highly concentrated espresso coffee beans only provides three calories. You can enjoy the wonderful benefits of coffee without worrying about your diet. (Some people have even started using coffee-based skin-care products to keep looking fresh.)
But face it: nobody would say no to oats, cashews, almond butter, chocolate chips, dates, and cinnamon. Our ingredients are vegan and gluten-free too… mmm, coffee-infused goodness.
Curious about taking your first bite? Our Eat Your Coffee Bars are perfect for on-the-go energy and nutrition.
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