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founder of the International Institute of Integrative Nutrition

How is capsule coffee different from freshly brewed coffee and why should you not drink instant coffee from bags?

Coffee is an aromatic drink made from the beans of the coffee tree. The variety of types and varieties of coffee is impressive: classic Arabica, fashionable glass, serious Americano. But how useful is coffee capsules? Ground, instant or in capsules – what kind of coffee can be included in a complete diet?

Pros and cons of ground coffee

Freshly ground coffee brewed in a cezve or a coffee machine is the most natural and has a rich aroma. A cup of black coffee contains 70 to 140 mg of caffeine, which has an analgesic effect while stimulating brain activity. Coffee contains chlorogenic and caffeic acids – excellent antioxidants that cleanse the body and neutralize oxygen free radicals in the body.

Natural coffee also contains theophylline and theobromine, which have a beneficial effect on the nervous system: they accelerate the flow of electrical impulses in the brain, which stimulates thought processes and improves memory.

Scientists have shown that moderate coffee consumption reduces the risk of developing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s by about 20%, and also protects against type II diabetes.

Excessive consumption of coffee provokes the leaching of vitamin B1 from the body and increases appetite. In addition, excessive coffee consumption on an empty stomach can lead to gastritis and peptic ulcer disease. And if you abruptly refuse the drink, you may experience headaches, increased irritability, weakness and drowsiness.

Guide to coffee and coffee drinks
Guide to coffee and coffee drinks

Pros and cons of instant coffee

Instant coffee is much faster and easier to prepare, but its benefits are much less.

Firstly, instant coffee is a highly processed product, so low-quality coffee beans are often used for manufacturing.

Secondly, instant coffee is obtained through complex technological processes. The production method of drying using the freezing technique is also popular. So, in instant coffee, the content of antioxidants and minerals is sharply reduced, and the amount of caffeine is almost halved. A cup of instant coffee contains about 95 grams of caffeine.

Pros and cons of capsule coffee

Coffee capsules designed for a coffee machine allow you to quickly prepare an aromatic drink: espresso, latte, cappuccino or macchiato. The capsules themselves are made of aluminum material, but some manufacturers save on raw materials by adding a mechanically processed extract to the capsules.

A serious disadvantage of capsules is the presence of toxic furan, which is formed during the vacuum packaging of coffee into capsules. This carcinogen accumulates in the kidneys and liver, causing cell damage, which can trigger the development of cancer.

Furan is contained in coffee, regardless of whether it is ground or in capsules, but instant coffee contains 10 times less furan than capsule coffee.

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Pros and cons of coffee sachets

The most harmful drink option is coffee from a bag. A bag of coffee with the words “2 in 1” and “3 in 1” is not coffee at all, but a coffee drink. The composition usually includes:

  • sugar and glucose syrup;
  • hydrogenated vegetable fat and skimmed milk powder;
  • acidity regulators and emulsifiers;
  • flavors and milk protein;
  • about 10% instant coffee.

That is, the main ingredient of the drink is sugar, which must be limited, and not consumed in liquid form. For comparison: a cup of coffee without milk and sugar contains almost no calories – only 0.5 kcal per 100 g. Instant coffee contains about 420 kcal per 100 g (about 69 kcal per sachet).

The listed ingredients will adversely affect health and lead to unpleasant consequences:

  • jumps in insulin in the blood due to the abundance of sugar and the development of insulin resistance;
  • overweight;
  • addiction to a drink;
  • weakening of the bones;
  • destruction of tooth enamel;
  • skin aging;
  • problems with the gastrointestinal tract.

Should I give up coffee?

I am not against coffee in moderation, but it is better to drink it between 10:00 am and 11:00 am and between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. At this time, the hormonal system produces a little cortisol, we feel natural fatigue and can cheer up after a cup of flavored drink.

The optimal amount of coffee is several cups per week. I recommend drinking it in combination with cardamom and other spicy spices, but without adding sugar, syrups and sweet dessert.

If you are stressed, it is better to refuse coffee, otherwise you risk getting insomnia.

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