Many of us start our morning with a cup of coffee to stimulate us. From a long time, it is assumed that coffee is not healthy, especially for those who drink a lot of it. In the eighteenth century, coffee was considered as a drug and having a coffee shop was considered illegal. But nowadays, things have changed. Coffee shops are sprouting up pretty much at every city corner.
A recent research report of Harvard suggested that having 6 cups of coffee a day can reduce risk of developing diabetes, Parkinson’s disease cancer, gallstones, and Alzheimer’s disease. However, it is a proven fact that Coffee increases the risk of a heart attack!
Health benefits of Coffee:
1. Purifier and healer for the colon and digestive tract, improve peristalsis.
2. Eliminate parasites
3. Detoxify, repair liver
4. Relieve chronic pain
5. Heal and prevent chronic illness
Drawbacks of drinking a lot of Coffee
2. Nervousness, jittery feelings
3. Irregular heartbeats
4. Upset stomach, acid reflux, etc.
5. Intestinal contraction or muscle spasming
6. Diuretic effect, dehydration
Caffeine level varies in different types of coffee beans as like tea. Robusta coffee beans (the type used in many low-grade coffees and instant coffees) have about twice as much caffeine as Arabica coffee beans (the most common type of coffee bean on the market). Caffeine acts as a stimulator for central nervous system. The amount of caffeine varies greatly in different varieties. If you prefer to drink espresso, then get aware with its caffeine content, that is about 70 milligrams in a shot.
It reaches up to 100 milligrams in eight ounces of brewed coffee. But different types of coffee contain different amounts of protein, acids, antioxidants, caffeine and calories, so next time when you visit a coffee shop, first have a look on what’s in your coffee. Because coffee brewed in different ways could have varying health effect.
It is considered that the most risky type is unfiltered ground coffee. So which process makes the healthiest coffee brew?
How healthy is your coffee?
This is made by mixing hot water at high pressure through the beans. It contains around 80 to 100 mg of caffeine, no protein, and around five calories. Well, from a nutritional point of view, it is not more beneficial but good for those who want to lose weight as it is low in calories.
A cappuccino is half espresso and half foamy steamed milk. It contains about 6 grams of milk protein, 150 calories if made with whole milk and 95 calories if made with milk that is skimmed. You might be fond of this flavor more but sorry to say it is not a good preference if you want to lose weight though the milk protein and calcium is important for bone health.
A latte contains around 10 grams of protein from milk, 5 grams of fat and around 225 calories if made with whole milk and 135 if made with skimmed milk. If you want to cut your fat intake and calories, opt for a ‘skinny’ latte containing skimmed milk.
Mocha has high fat content, more calories, almost 80 mg. It contains 310 calories if made with full milk and 230 calories if made with creamy milk. If you have a mug of mocha, it is equivalent to having a chocolate bar.
An Americano contains high amount of caffeine near about 120 to 160 grams. Without cream it hardly contains any calories. If you prefer to have your Americano with cream, then you are adding 90 calories. So if you’re caffeine sensitive be careful.
An average cup of Macchiato contains around 4 grams of milk, 80 grams of caffeine, 90 calories, when made with whole milk and 3 grams of protein. On your nutritional content, it doesn’t compromise but the high content of caffeine might affect you and make you hyper.
It contains approx 100 mg Caffeine per cup. The latest research shows that drinking four mugs or five cups of cafetiere coffee daily also increases the blood concentration of a heart attack risk factor known as homocysteine.
Filter coffee contain 100-15 mg of caffeine per cup. It shows no negative effects on level of blood cholesterol. But the caffeine content of this coffee is highest so if you are hypersensitive to it, you should prefer to drink another type.
Turkish coffee contains 160 mg of caffeine per cup and one of the highest concentrations of harmful cafestol and kahweol. Regular drinking of four to six cups per day results in greater risk of heart disease.
Instant coffee contains approx 65 mg of caffeine per cup. The soluble granules don’t contain the fatty substances found in freshly ground coffee, so it reduces the risk of affecting the cardiovascular system.
So as per your sense of taste and choice you may either maximize or minimize the amount of caffeine you ingest, you can do that both by how you brew your coffee, and through your choice of the coffee beans themselves.