We’re all familiar with espresso being a highly concentrated version of coffee that is low in calories (3 calories/ounce), which requires a espresso machine and a unique method for preparation.
Many people (especially in Italy where espresso shots are the norm when it comes to coffee) regard espresso shots as the finest version of coffee and this perception could very well be valid as espresso shots have been found to have a plethora of health perks (besides the low-calorie nature) that one can benefit from if consumed regularly.
And when it comes to espresso health risks, there is nothing to worry about unless you are drinking an insane amount (more than 5 shots a day).
So if you are one of those who can’t go without their morning dose of espresso, then there’s no need to feel any guilt about your caffeine addiction as you may actually be doing a great service to yourself without even knowing it.
We have already discussed about espresso in detail in our earlier blog posts, so let’s just cast a brief look at the most important facets of espresso related to its qualities, preparation, unique aspects and more.
To begin with, espresso is essentially an extremely rich concentrated form of coffee that is full of aroma, flavor and has a thicker texture than regular coffee.
It is usually served in the form of a ‘shot’.
Preparation of espresso:
Dark-roasted (usually) coffee beans are used for the preparation of espresso.
Finely ground coffee beans are used, which is crucial in producing the rich taste, flavor, and crema of espresso.
The quantity of caffeine in an espresso is substantially higher per unit volume than regular coffee with 1 shot of espresso (1 ounce) containing around 60-65 mg of caffeine.
Just 20-30 seconds are required for pulling a shot of espresso.
The preparation requires an espresso machine, which forces pressurized boiling water through finely ground coffee beans in a matter of seconds to produce a small amount of coffee.
When it comes to the uniqueness of espresso, the ‘crema’ or froth that is formed on top of the dark coffee liquid is the major distinguishing factor between espresso and regular coffee.
Also, the various types of savory coffee drinks that are so popular nowadays - lattes, americanos, cappuccinos, macchiatos and more are all courtesy of one popular brewing method which goes by the name of espresso.
Now that we have had a fleeting look at the most vital info related to espresso, it’s time to move on to the health benefits of espresso shots.
Espresso contains antioxidants which aid in the enhancement of health by helping boost the immune system.
These antioxidants have been found to help in decreasing the risk of developing cirrhosis of the liver and heart disease.
A research study conducted by a neuroscientist from the University of California led to the conclusion that the consumption of a couple of espresso shots boosted the process of memory consolidation, leading to improvement in long-term memory.
This is probably the most well-known benefit of espresso or coffee as such, with a large number of people being used to downing multiple cups of coffee in order to stay awake or for improving concentration levels, etc.
The consumption of single or multiple espresso shots, like regular coffee, is a morning ritual for many, with it being a quick-fire way for people to get out of their morning slumber and kick-start their day feeling alert & active.
This beneficial effect of espresso is courtesy of the presence of caffeine in it, which has been shown to enhance vigilance and sustained attention while reducing the symptoms of fatigue.
Drinking espresso shots may cause a drop in the persistent cravings for food in obese and overweight individuals, helping them reduce their calorie intake at the next meal, subsequently aiding in reducing their daily calorie intake and avoiding possible weight gain.
This conclusion is due to a research study targeted on these individuals, which found that daily consumption of 3-6 milligrams of caffeine from coffee per kg body weight led to the above-mentioned favorable effect.
Your daily shot (or shots) of espresso may actually be helping you in burning an extra 80-150 calories per day, thanks to one of the beneficial property among the many health benefits of caffeine.
The caffeine present in espresso can assist in marginally boosting thermogenesis (increase in body’s heat production) in the human body, causing a slight upsurge in calorie burn.
This assumption is due to an article which was published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition”.
It stated that consumption of 100 milligrams of caffeine culminated in an energy expenditure of around 80-150 calories per day, thus helping in the fight against weight gain.
Espresso, as a result of its caffeine content, may aid in accelerating weight loss by causing a rise in energy levels and by making exercise feel less demanding than usual.
Higher levels of energy naturally lead to improved exercise performance, resulting in the burning of more calories than usual - thus aiding in weight loss.
A research study has also shown that consumption of caffeine may lead to workouts feeling less arduous to people, as it reduced the perceived level of exertion by over 5%.
Hence, incorporating caffeine-containing espresso in your diet can be helpful in achieving your weight-loss goals.
A research study which was conducted on 7,000 participants and published in the "International Journal of Cancer" by scientists in Italy found that daily consumption of three or more cups of coffee can reduce the chance of developing prostate cancer by more than 50%.
The coffee that they mentioned in the research study was Italian-style coffee, which is coffee made with high pressure, high water temperature and no paper filters.
This description of coffee translates to that of an espresso or the coffee made with a caffettiera.
It was mentioned that this method of preparing coffee could lead to a higher concentration of bioactive substances.
Researchers also found that only caffeinated coffee reduced the growth of the prostate cancer cells, thus leading to the conclusion that this beneficial effect was most likely due to the caffeine present in coffee.
The health benefits of coffee (regular) and the negative & positive effects of coffee on the human body have all been thoroughly discussed, with many articles on the web which have been published by top-notch websites.
However, there are quite a few first-rate websites specifically offering info regarding the health benefits of espresso shots.
Therefore through this blog post, we attempted to fill that void and throw light on the espresso benefits and side effects (none), so that coffee lovers are fully apprised of the healthfulness of perhaps what is the finest version of coffee!